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TAXUS(R) Express(TM) Stent Shows Similarly Low Re-intervention Rates in Diabetic Patients Compared to Non-Diabetics in ARRIVE 1 and 2 registries
Date:3/29/2008

NATICK, Mass. and CHICAGO, March 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced results from an analysis of 4,772 patients from its TAXUS ARRIVE 1 and 2 registries, designed to assess the performance of the TAXUS(R) Express2(TM) Paclitaxel-Eluting Coronary Stent System in real-world practice. The one-year pooled ARRIVE data confirmed the known higher mortality rate for diabetics versus non-diabetics with cardiovascular disease(1), but showed that the TAXUS Stent had similarly low rates of stent-related cardiac death, myocardial infarction (MI), stent thrombosis, and major cardiac events (MCE) across those two patient subsets. The study also showed similar rates of target vessel re-intervention (TVR) and TAXUS-related TVR in indicated patients(2) per the European Union (EU) label, whether or not they had diabetes. Analysis of the data was presented by D. Lynn Morris, M.D., at the SCAI Annual Scientific Sessions in Partnership with the ACC/i2 Summit in Chicago.

The pooled analysis included one-year data on 1,530 medication-requiring diabetic patients and 3,242 non-diabetic patients from the ARRIVE registry program. Due to significant disparity in baseline characteristics between diabetic and non-diabetic patients, propensity score analysis was used to allow for adjustment of baseline differences (other than the presence of diabetes) between the two groups.

The results showed diabetic patients had the well-known higher overall adjusted one-year mortality rate than patients without diabetes (3.7% vs. 2.3%, respectively, p=0.016), with the difference being driven by the cardiac death rate (2.3% vs. 1.2%, p=0.014), and reflecting the more advanced cardiac disease associated with diabetes. How
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