Spirit II Results Support Boston Scientific’s Drug-Eluting Stent Platform


April 1, 2008

April 1, 2008 – Boston Scientific welcomed results from Abbott’s prospective, randomized, single blind, two-year SPIRIT II Trial, comparing the safety and efficacy of the XIENCE V (PROMUS) Everolimus-Eluting Coronary Stent and Boston Scientific’s TAXUS Express Paclitaxel Eluting Coronary Stent System in 300 patients in Europe.

The PROMUS Stent is a private-label XIENCE V manufactured by Abbott and distributed by Boston Scientific.

The results, presented yesterday at ACC 2008, demonstrated no numerical differences between the XIENCE V and the TAXUS in their angiographic outcomes. The cardiac death rate at two years for the XIENCE V was .5 percent and for the TAXUS was 1.4 percent. Myocardial infarction (MI) rates at two years for the XIENCE V and TAXUS were 2.8 percent and 5.5 percent, respectively.

The XIENCE V (PROMUS) Stent is currently pending approval by the FDA, which is expected to occur in the first half of 2008, said Boston Scientific.

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