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Boston Scientific Announces FDA Clearance and CE Mark Approval for Advanix™ Biliary Stents
Date:10/21/2010

NATICK, Mass., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and CE Mark approval to market its Advanix™ Biliary Plastic Stents for the treatment of biliary strictures, including biliary stone disease, benign biliary strictures, and suspected and confirmed malignancies in the biliary system.  The product is now available in Europe and other international markets; the Company plans to launch it in the U.S. this quarter.

Endoscopic therapy, specifically with stent placement, has gained acceptance as a first line of treatment for biliary strictures and offers a less-invasive alternative to surgery.  Results from a published study of patients with post-operative benign bile duct strictures demonstrated that stenting has similar long-term success rates and lower early complication rates compared to surgery(1).

The Advanix Biliary Stent is designed to accommodate a range of clinical requirements and includes features for improved deliverability in navigating tortuous anatomy.  It employs the NaviFlex™ RX Delivery System, which offers physicians the flexibility to employ both long-wire and short-wire guidewires during access and stent placement.  The pre-loaded stent within the delivery system enables physicians to reposition the stent, helping to ensure accurate placement.  The highly visible guidewire exit port allows for easier manipulation during the procedure.

"The Advanix Biliary Stent System features significant developments in plastic stent technology," said Stuart Sherman, M.D., Clinical Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Director of the ERCP(2) program at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.  "Improvements in design provide greater procedural control and efficiency
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