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Boston Scientific Welcomes Committee Approval of the National Pain Care Policy Act
Date:3/4/2009

NATICK, Mass., March 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today welcomed approval by the U.S. House of Representative's Energy and Commerce Committee of the National Pain Care Policy Act of 2009. The legislation will now move to consideration by the full House. It unanimously passed the House last year and was reintroduced this year by Rep. Lois Capps (D-California) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan).

If enacted, it will help evaluate the current state of chronic pain care in the United States. The Act expands research by the Pain Consortium at the National Institutes of Health on the causes and potential treatments for pain, provides greater education and training for healthcare professionals, creates a national pain management public awareness campaign, and calls on the Institute of Medicine to convene a conference on pain care.

"This bill will advance the cause for all pain patients by focusing much-needed attention on the seriousness of chronic pain," said Scott M. Fishman, M.D., Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, University of California, Davis. "As a pain physician, I applaud Congress for working to help further the understanding that pain is a complex medical condition that can affect the physical and mental well-being of millions of patients."

"We are very pleased that the House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved the National Pain Care Policy Act this early in the Congressional session," said Michael Onuscheck, President of Boston Scientific's Neuromodulation business. "We believe this action sends a strong message about the importance of proper pain care for the millions of patients who are in constant, debilitating pain. As a leader in this industry, Boston Scientific believes it is critical to improve care for pain patients. We will continue w
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