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

ope to use BT treatment for severe asthma.  Dr. Bicknell commented, "The availability of BT is a significant milestone for patients with severe, persistent asthma who often have poorly controlled symptoms and impaired quality of life despite current therapies.  Bronchial thermoplasty offers a safe and effective device-based approach to the management of asthma."

"Our acquisition of the Alair[TM] Bronchial Thermoplasty System, and its launch in Europe, demonstrate Boston Scientific's commitment to improving patient quality of life through continuous innovation in minimally invasive medicine," said Michael Onuscheck, Senior Vice President and President, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Boston Scientific.  "We are proud to offer this therapy option for severe asthma patients across Europe who cannot control their condition with drug therapy alone."

Asthma is one of the most common and costly diseases in the world.  The prevalence of asthma has grown in recent decades, and there is no cure.  Asthma affects approximately 30 million people in Europe and an estimated 300 million worldwide.  Twenty percent of Europeans with severe persistent asthma cannot control their symptoms despite optimal drug therapy, leading to a high degree of morbidity and mortality.  Patients with severe asthma often have significantly impaired quality of life, are frequently absent from school or work, have decreased productivity and are at increased risk of hospital admission and death.  In 2002, asthma caused 12,000 deaths in Western Europe, and an estimated seven percent of Western Europeans with asthma are hospitalised due to asthma every year.

The Alair[TM] Bronchial Thermoplasty System, which is designed to provide long-lasting and improved asthma control for adult severe asthma patients whose asthma is not well controlled by current drugs (inha
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