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Angiotech's Corporate Partner, Boston Scientific, Reports Canadian Approval for TAXUS(R) Liberte(R) Stent System

VANCOUVER, April 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANPI, TSX: ANP), a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company, today reported that its corporate partner, Boston Scientific Corporation "BSC" (NYSE: BSX) has received approval for the sale of its TAXUS Liberte paclitaxel-eluting coronary stent system in Canada. BSC reported that Health Canada's Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD), the authority that regulates pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices, has approved its use. BSC said it plans to launch the product immediately in Canada.

"The TAXUS Liberte Stent is a major advance in stent development and raises the bar for drug-eluting stent systems," said Serge Doucet, M.D., Cathlab Director at the Montreal Heart Institute. "It offers enhanced ability to conform to the vessel wall and deliver across some of the most challenging lesions. This innovation is welcome news for interventional cardiologists and patients in Canada who suffer from coronary artery disease."

"As Boston Scientific develops new platforms, we are excited to see that our technology continues to be leveraged in the next-generation of drug-eluting stents and pleased that Canadian physicians and patients can now benefit from the TAXUS Liberte for the treatment of coronary artery disease," said Dr. William Hunter, President and CEO of Angiotech.

Currently the leading drug-eluting stents worldwide, TAXUS Stent Systems have been evaluated by the industry's most extensive randomized, controlled clinical trial program, as well as studied in more than 35,000 real-world patients enrolled in post-approval registries. To date, approximately four million TAXUS Stents have been implanted worldwide.

The TAXUS Liberte Stent has previously been approved for sale in Europe and other international markets and is currently awaiting approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is not available for sale in the United States.

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Given these uncertainties, assumptions and risk factors, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. We disclaim any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect future results, events or developments.

BSC acquired worldwide exclusive rights from Angiotech to use paclitaxel to coat its coronary stent products and has co-exclusive rights to certain peripheral vascular and non-vascular products.

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About Angiotech

Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company with over 1,500 dedicated employees. Angiotech discovers, develops and markets innovative treatment solutions for diseases or complications associated with medical device implants, surgical interventions and acute injury. To find out more about Angiotech (NASDAQ: ANPI, TSX: ANP), please visit our website at

CONTACT: Deirdre Neary, Manager, Investor Relations, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (604) 222-7056,

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