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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

al infarction (MI, or heart attack) and stent thrombosis (clotting) between diabetic and non-diabetic stent recipients after adjustment for differences in risk at baseline.

Diabetes affects more than 200 million people worldwide and is expected to affect 360 million people by 2030.(3) Approximately half of all patients presenting with coronary artery disease (CAD) in Europe have diabetes.(4) Diabetic patients with CAD often have poorer outcomes after revascularization procedures because their blood vessels tend to build up more plaque than the vessels of non-diabetic patients, and their CAD advances more quickly. CAD is the most common cause of death among European adults with diabetes.(5)

As a result of the expanded CE Mark, the TAXUS Liberte stent system in the European Union is indicated for treatment of de novo and restenotic lesions or total occlusions in patients with coronary artery disease -- angina; silent ischemia; acute myocardial infarction -- to improve luminal diameter and reduce restenosis within the stent and at the stent edges in native coronary arteries. The TAXUS Liberte stent system is also indicated for patients with concomitant diabetes mellitus as well as treatment of abrupt or threatened closure in patients with failed interventional therapy.

The TAXUS Liberte stent is available outside the United States in a wide range of sizes to treat a diversity of vessel sizes and lesion lengths seen in patients with coronary artery disease.

The TAXUS Liberte stent system is pending approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is not available for sale in the United States.

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-international.com.

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