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Clinical Data Demonstrates Long-Term Safety of Boston Scientific's Alair[TM]Bronchial Thermoplasty System
Date:9/26/2011

PARIS, September 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --


- Five-year data from Research in Severe Asthma (RISA) Trial demonstrate maintenance of stable lung function and absence of late clinical complications

- Patients in Europe with severe asthma can now benefit from unique and proven non-drug therapy

Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) announces positive clinical data from the Research in Severe Asthma (RISA) Trial, demonstrating the long-term safety of bronchial thermoplasty (BT) in patients treated with the Company's Alair™ Bronchial Thermoplasty System.  Follow-up data demonstrate that stable lung function is maintained and late clinical complications are absent over a five-year period in patients with severe refractory asthma treated with BT.  Results were presented today at the annual European Respiratory Society (ERS) Congress[1] in Amsterdam by Michel Laviolette, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie at Université Laval in Québec City, Canada.

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"Bronchial thermoplasty clinical data continue to support this promising therapy, which is creating real excitement in the physician community," said Dr. Laviolette, a principal investigator for the RISA Trial.  "Existing evidence suggests a significant long-term benefit, and results from the RISA Trial clearly confirm long-term safety.  BT provides us a new option for treating patients with severe asthma that can provide proven reductions in hospital visits, out-of-pocket costs and missed workdays due to asthma symptoms."

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