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Abbott's XIENCE(TM) V Everolimus Eluting Coronary Stent Shows Continued Superiority to TAXUS Stent in Reducing Major Adverse Cardiac Events in SPIRIT III Clinical Trial
Date:10/22/2007

NCE V versus TAXUS in Europe and Asia Pacific, in which XIENCE V demonstrated superiority in the primary endpoint of in-stent late loss at 6 months, and clinical superiority on MACE with a 71 percent reduction compared to TAXUS at one year.

SPIRIT III is a large-scale pivotal clinical trial comparing XIENCE V to TAXUS in the United States and Japan that demonstrated superiority to TAXUS in the on the study's primary endpoint of in-segment late loss at eight months with a statistically significant 50 percent reduction in late loss compared to TAXUS.

Abbott's robust post-approval program is projected to enroll over 13,000 XIENCE V patients across a variety of planned clinical trials. SPIRIT IV is a 3,690-patient continued access trial that is currently enrolling patients and will evaluate the safety and efficacy of XIENCE V for the treatment of coronary artery disease in a more complex patient population in the United States. SPIRIT V is an international clinical trial that will provide additional clinical experience with XIENCE V in approximately 3,000 patients at approximately 100 clinical sites throughout Europe, Asia, Canada and Latin America. XIENCE V SPIRIT WOMEN is the world's first drug eluting stent trial to study only women and will evaluate the characteristics of 2,000 women undergoing stent implantation as well as the performance of XIENCE V in those patients in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Canada and Latin America. XIENCE V USA is a post-approval trial planned for the US with 5,000 patients.

For images of Abbott's XIENCE V stent and other information, please visit the company's online TCT newsroom at http://www.abbottvascular.com/presskit.

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