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Boston Scientific Receives Exclusive Expanded Indication for Its CRT-Ds
Date:9/16/2010

NATICK, Mass., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expanded indication for its cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds), including the COGNIS® CRT-D.  The exclusive expanded indication is effective immediately and makes Boston Scientific CRT-Ds the only devices approved by the FDA for patients in all New York Heart Association (NYHA) classes of heart failure(1).

The Company's CRT-Ds had previously been approved for NYHA Class III and IV patients.  The expanded indication approves Boston Scientific CRT-Ds for use in high risk(2) NYHA Class I and II patients with Left Bundle Branch Block(3) (LBBB).  These patients accounted for 70 percent of the MADIT-CRT clinical trial population.

"The MADIT-CRT trial demonstrated that Boston Scientific's CRT-Ds reduce death and heart failure events, even for patients without symptoms," said Kenneth Stein, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CRM, for Boston Scientific's Cardiology, Rhythm and Vascular Group.  "Preventing or delaying a first heart failure event in NYHA Class I and II patients with LBBB is critical because these patients are eight times more likely to have a recurring event after their initial event."

In response to a request from the FDA, Boston Scientific worked with the MADIT-CRT Executive Committee to perform further analysis of the trial data to determine if there were additional criteria to identify patients at risk for heart failure.  The Company's analysis showed that LBBB was the best baseline characteristic to differentiate which Class I and II patients would be most likely to benefit from a CRT-D.  MADIT-CRT data demonstrated that patients with LBBB who received CRT-D therapy showed a relative risk reduction of al
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