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FDA Approves Boston Scientific's Apex(TM) PTCA Dilatation Catheter
Date:11/10/2008

in Indianapolis. "I believe the Apex Catheter represents a next generation of catheter technology."

"The Apex Catheter is a reflection of Boston Scientific's commitment to providing physicians with the most complete set of high-performance cardiovascular devices possible," said Hank Kucheman, Senior Vice President and Group President, Cardiovascular. "As an established market leader, we listened to physicians' requests for improvements to existing balloon catheters, and responded with the advanced technology found in the Apex Catheter."

The Apex Catheter builds on Boston Scientific's reputation for developing market-leading balloon catheters. Boston Scientific makes the number one selling pre- and post-dilatation catheters (Maverick(R) and Quantum(TM) Maverick(R)) in the U.S. market today.

The Apex Catheter is the latest technological development by Boston Scientific intended to improve the management of patients with coronary atherosclerosis undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Boston Scientific furthers PCI optimization through a broad range of devices, including ultrasound imaging to assess lesions and balloon catheters and drug-eluting stents to reopen blocked arteries. This broad portfolio of devices supports physicians' efforts to achieve safe and effective outcomes for their patients.

PTCA dilatation catheters are used in coronary angioplasty and stenting procedures to open arteries blocked by atherosclerosis, which if left untreated can cause heart attack and stroke. Coronary artery disease represents the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 870,000 deaths each year.(2)

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. For more information, please visit: http://www.bostonscientific.com.

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