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Boston Scientific Launches Promus Element™ Stent System In China
Date:10/17/2011

NATICK, Mass., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) has begun a phased launch of its PROMUS Element™ Everolimus-Eluting Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System in China.  The launch campaign will be expanded within the country based upon receipt of subsequent provincial reimbursement approvals.  The Company previously received registration approval for the PROMUS Element™ Stent System from the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) of the People's Republic of China.

The product represents the Company's third-generation drug-eluting stent (DES) technology, which incorporates a novel platinum chromium (PtCr) alloy, innovative stent design and advanced catheter delivery system.  It offers greater strength, enhanced deliverability and exceptional visibility, and is designed for improved conformability, minimal recoil, and uniform lesion coverage and drug distribution.  The advanced low-profile delivery system facilitates precise delivery of the stent across challenging lesions.

"The PROMUS Element Stent represents a true next-generation DES technology and its unique platinum chromium alloy addresses many of the limitations found in older stent alloys," said Runlin Gao, M.D., of the Cardiovascular Institute and Fu Wai Hospital in Beijing, and Principal Investigator of the PLATINUM China trial.  "In my clinical experience, I have found it to offer performance advantages in flexibility, visibility and deliverability.  It will be an important additional treatment option for the growing incidence of coronary artery disease in China."

With the world's largest population, China represents one of the world's fastest-growing DES markets. The Company estimates the number of coronary drug-eluting stents implanted there in 2011 will be approximately 560,000, with annual
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