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Long-Term Data Show Advantages for TAXUS® Liberte® Stent in Small Vessels and Long Lesions
Date:9/22/2010

NATICK, Mass., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced comprehensive data from the TAXUS ATLAS clinical program, a series of global, prospective, single-arm trials evaluating the TAXUS® Liberte® Paclitaxel-Eluting Stent System in a variety of lesions and patient groups.  Five-year results from the TAXUS ATLAS trial and four-year results from the TAXUS ATLAS Small Vessel and Long Lesion trials continue to show significant advantages for the thin-strut TAXUS Liberte Stent when compared to the first-generation TAXUS® Express® Stent.  Analysis of the data was presented by the Co-Principal Investigators of the TAXUS ATLAS trials, Mark A. Turco, M.D., Director of the Center for Cardiac and Vascular Research, Washington Adventist Hospital, and John A. Ormiston, M.D., Mercy Angiography Unit, Mercy Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand, at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation's annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics scientific symposium in Washington, D.C.  

"The TAXUS ATLAS trials continue to reinforce the long-term safety and efficacy of the TAXUS Liberte Stent in a variety of complex lesions," said Dr. Turco.  "The data showed sustained positive outcomes in workhorse lesions, significantly reduced rates of re-intervention in small vessels and important safety differences in long lesions.  The ATLAS data suggest that improvements in stent design and a reduction in strut thickness may contribute to improved clinical outcomes for patients treated with the TAXUS Liberte Stent."

TAXUS ATLAS "Workhorse" LesionsData from 871 patients in the TAXUS ATLAS trial demonstrated that the durable safety and efficacy profile of the TAXUS Liberte Stent is maintained at five years in de novo coronary ("workhorse") lesions.  In spite of more complex patients treated with the TAX
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