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 News Release - April 3, 2006

Boston Scientific Receives FDA Clearance for Super Sheath(TM) Introducer Sheath

NATICK, Mass., April 3 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX ) today announced the newest addition to its broad portfolio of vascular access products with the launch of its Super Sheath(TM) Introducer Sheath, which has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in the introduction of interventional and diagnostic devices inserted in the human vasculature.

"The introduction of Super Sheath Introducer Sheath -- along with the recent launch of our ZIPwire(TM) Guide Wire -- further demonstrates our commitment to providing physicians with superior tools for peripheral and coronary interventions," said Hank Kucheman, President of Boston Scientific's Interventional Cardiology business. "These technologies are designed to facilitate access to vascular lesions and help to improve the efficiency and outcomes of minimally invasive procedures."

The Super Sheath Introducer Sheath, a tube that is placed inside a vessel during an interventional procedure to help with catheter placement, offers several design enhancements. The smooth wire-to-dilator-to-sheath transition is designed to facilitate insertion, to support ease of entry and reduced vessel trauma. The Super Sheath Introducer Sheath's rotating suture wing and translucent hub allow for efficient operation. A silicone-coated valve and the sheath's smooth inner surface promote easy device passage, and radiopaque markers aid in precise device placement.

"Boston Scientific works closely with interventional physicians to create devices that accommodate their needs," added Kucheman. "We will continue to refine our existing technologies and develop new devices that help interventionalists improve patients' lives."

Diagnostic and interventional procedures are minimally invasive procedures performed to correct vascular problems such as blocked blood vessels found either in the heart or throughout the body. These blockages restrict blood flow and deprive major organs of blood and other nutrients.

Super Sheath is a trademark of Togo Medikit Ltd., Co.

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. For more information, please visit:

Milan Kofol
Investor Relations
Boston Scientific Corporation

Paul Donovan
Media Relations
Boston Scientific Corporation

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Source: Boston Scientific

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