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Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent Continues to Show Positive Data at Two Years

SAN DIEGO, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Patients treated with the Zilver® PTX™ Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent maintained clinical improvement at two years, according to interim results from the Zilver® PTX™ Global Registry presented today as a late-breaking clinical trial at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions. The prospective, single-arm study is ongoing to evaluate the drug-eluting stent for the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD). Results of a separate pivotal randomized study in a similar cohort of patients are expected to be available later this year.

In the meantime, this analysis includes 12-month follow-up data from 721 patients and 24-month follow-up data from 447 patients who received the Zilver® PTX™ paclitaxel-coated stent in the superficial femoropopliteal artery (SFA), a major artery above the knee. The registry study was designed to evaluate stent integrity, event-free survival and freedom from target lesion revascularization.

PAD affects more than eight million people in the U.S. and, if not treated, can limit the ability to walk and exercise, as well as place patients at risk for limb loss. PAD patients also have a greater chance of heart attack, stroke and death.

Although use of DES is common in the coronary arteries, the peripheral arteries, including those in the legs, experience different types of stress caused by walking and other movement. In some instances, blockages in these arteries are very difficult to treat, and may ultimately lead to limb amputation. The study is the third to evaluate the effectiveness of a drug-eluting stent outside of the coronary arteries, but the first to suggest clinical efficacy. The Zilver® PTX™ is an investigational device.

The characteristics of the 787 patients who were enrolled and treated included restenosis of previously treated lesions in 24 percent, in-stent restenosis in 14 percent, and total occlusions in 38 percent; 22 percent of patients had lesions longer than 15 cm. The mean lesion length was 10.0 +/- 8.2 cm, the mean percent diameter stenosis was 84.6 +/- 16.4 percent, with an average of 2.2 Zilver® PTX® stents used per patient.

At 12 months, the event-free survival rate was 87.0 percent, and freedom from target lesion revascularization was 90.5 percent. X-ray evaluation found a very low rate of stent fractures, 1.5 percent of patients at 12 months. Patients available for 24-month follow-up had an event-free survival rate of 80.0 percent, and freedom from target lesion revascularization was 83.3 percent.

This low rate of target lesion revascularization translated into meaningful clinical improvement for the majority of patients, with both the average walking distance and average walking speed more than doubling following Zilver PTX stent implantation, and being sustained to two years. In addition there was a very good safety profile, and a very low rate of stent fractures.

"These interim data suggest this device is safe and efficacious for the treatment of SFA lesions," said William A. Gray, M.D., FSCAI, who presented the study data and is associate professor of clinical medicine and director of endovascular services at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. "Prior attempts to demonstrate drug-eluting stent effectiveness using sirolimus or its analogues have fallen short, but the use of a paclitaxel-coated, non-polymeric stent appears to have improved the outcomes for patients who received this study stent. If these results are confirmed in the separate randomized study using the same device, it will be welcome news to patients who suffer from this disease."

Dr. Gray reports no conflicts of interest related to this study. He will present the study "Two-year interim results from the single-arm clinical study of the Zilver® PTX® drug-eluting peripheral stent" during the Main Session on Friday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m. (Pacific Time).

About SCAI

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions is a 4,000-member professional organization representing invasive and interventional cardiologists in approximately 70 nations. SCAI's mission is to promote excellence in invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine through physician education and representation, and advancement of quality standards to enhance patient care. SCAI's annual meeting has become the leading venue for education, discussion, and debate about the latest developments in this dynamic medical specialty. SCAI's patient and physician education program, Seconds Count, offers comprehensive information about cardiovascular disease. For more information about SCAI and Seconds Count, visit or

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