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TAXUS WOMAN Study Reports Positive Clinical Outcomes for the TAXUS(R) Drug-eluting Stent in Women
Date:9/5/2007

NATICK, Mass. and VIENNA, Austria, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced results from the TAXUS WOMAN study, a gender specific analysis of the TAXUS II, IV, V and VI trials assessing the efficacy data of the TAXUS(R) paclitaxel-eluting coronary stent in women undergoing coronary revascularization. The study found paclitaxel-eluting stents to have similar clinical outcomes in women and men, despite the higher risk profile in women patients. Results of the analysis of the TAXUS WOMAN study were released at the annual European Society of Cardiology Congress in Vienna, Austria.

"This study of data from the TAXUS trials offers encouraging news for women with coronary artery disease," said Ghada Mikhail, M.D., Consultant Cardiologist, St Mary's Hospital Trust, London, UK. "Previous trials and registries have demonstrated a less favorable clinical outcome in women compared to men when undergoing coronary revascularization with bare-metal stents. That difference has been previously explained by the smaller vessels and higher risk profile seen in women. These data show, however, that the TAXUS paclitaxel-eluting coronary stent works equally well in women, maintaining its anti-restenotic efficacy advantages and positive safety profile relative to bare-metal stents."

"Heart disease is the number one cause of death among women in the United States, and more women than men die from cardiovascular disease each year," said Hank Kucheman, Senior Vice President and Group President, Interventional Cardiology. "The findings of the TAXUS WOMAN study show the clear and sustained benefit of the TAXUS Stent in women with heart disease."

The TAXUS II, IV, V and VI trials
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