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Boston Scientific Announces FDA Clearance and CE Mark for WallFlex(R) Fully Covered Esophageal Stent
Date:11/20/2009

NATICK, Mass. and LONDON, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CE Mark approval to market its WallFlex® Fully Covered Esophageal Stent for the treatment of malignant esophageal strictures (obstructions) caused by tumors in patients with resectable or non-resectable esophageal cancer.

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The WallFlex® Partially Covered Esophageal Stent was cleared by the FDA and received CE Mark in 2008. Both stents -- along with the complete WallFlex Stent family of self-expanding metal stents (SEMS) -- will be available for hands-on demonstration at the GASTRO 2009 conference, which is being held November 21-25 in London.

"The low profile delivery system (18.5 Fr) of the WallFlex Esophageal Stents has allowed me to traverse tight strictures, facilitating stent placement within malignancies that, in the past, needed to be pre-dilated," said Drew Schembre, M.D., Chief of Gastroenterology at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. "Moreover, the fully covered option may be a viable choice for patients with operable esophageal cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment in preparation for surgery."

Patients with obstructions due to esophageal cancer may have difficulty swallowing, resulting in severely limited quality of life. Complete blockages of the esophagus can prevent liquid consumption. The WallFlex Esophageal Stent allows physicians to re-establish patency (openness) of the esophagus, enabling resumption of oral intake.

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