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TAXUS(R) Liberte(TM) Drug-eluting Coronary Stent System Receives CE Mark for Use in Diabetic Patients
Date:12/21/2007

TAXUS Liberte has more CE Mark-approved indications than any other

drug-eluting stent

NATICK, Mass., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) announced today that its TAXUS(R) Liberte(TM) paclitaxel-eluting coronary stent system has received European CE Mark approval for use in patients with diabetes.(1) Boston Scientific submitted data showing the TAXUS Liberte stent has benefited diabetic patients with coronary artery disease, both in clinical trials and real-world registries. This approval means the TAXUS Liberte stent system now has more CE Mark- approved indications than any other drug-eluting stent, allowing treatment of a wide range of patients including many of those at high risk. The TAXUS Liberte stent system is the most frequently used drug-eluting stent system in Europe.

"Achieving CE Mark approval for TAXUS Liberte in patients with diabetes is an important milestone," said David McFaul, Boston Scientific Senior Vice President, International. "As a leader in devices for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, Boston Scientific's goal is to provide patients with the most advanced treatment options available. In this case, we are offering another specific solution for diabetic patients outside the United States, who are typically at higher risk for adverse events compared to non-diabetic patients."

Combined data from four TAXUS ATLAS trials supported the efficacy and safety of the TAXUS Liberte stent system in diabetic patients.(2) The trials examined 1,529 patients treated with the TAXUS Liberte stent system, 413 of whom had diabetes, and reported similar rates of target lesion revascularization (TLR, or retreatment), cardiac death, myocardi
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