Healthcare Industry News: TAXUS Express
News Release - October 14, 2008
Boston Scientific Announces Drug-Eluting Stent Market Share Estimates for September and Third QuarterTAXUS(R) Atom(TM) in more than 500 accounts Company opening new PROMUS(TM) accounts
NATICK, Mass., Oct. 14 (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX ) today announced estimated U.S. market shares for September for its two drug-eluting stents (DES), based on preliminary data from Millennium Research Group (MRG), a leading provider of strategic information to the healthcare sector.
Based on the MRG data, the Company estimates its share percentages of the U.S. DES market for September as follows:
-- Boston Scientific's PROMUS(TM) Everolimus-Eluting Coronary Stent System: 25 percent
-- Boston Scientific's TAXUS® Express2(TM) Paclitaxel-Eluting Coronary Stent System: 19 percent
The Company said the estimated aggregate U.S. market share for its two drug-eluting stents for the third quarter was approximately 45 percent, based on MRG data. The Company reported the same aggregate U.S. market share for the second quarter.
TAXUS Atom update
The Company said it has introduced its TAXUS® Express2(TM) Atom(TM) Paclitaxel-Eluting Coronary Stent System to more than 500 accounts in the United States. The TAXUS Atom stent is the only 2.25 mm diameter drug-eluting stent available in the United States. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month. It provides a drug-eluting stent treatment option for patients with small vessels for whom no DES was previously available. The Company said it is encouraged by the positive reception among clinicians for the TAXUS Atom stent. It said it believes the TAXUS Atom stent is increasing both the use of drug-eluting stents and Boston Scientific's share of the market.
Opening new PROMUS accounts
The Company announced it has: increased inventory supply orders for its PROMUS stent system, received increased supply this month, solidified supply to existing accounts, and has begun opening new PROMUS accounts. The Company said it has ordered sufficient additional PROMUS supply to continue opening new accounts through the remainder of this year and into the beginning of next year. It added that while expanding into new accounts, it will continue to supply existing accounts as well.
"These recent developments bode well for ongoing leadership by Boston Scientific in the drug-eluting stent market," said Jim Tobin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boston Scientific. "With a market-leading aggregate share of approximately 45 percent, our two-drug platform is offering doctors excellent choices for their patients. TAXUS Atom is filling an unmet need in small vessel patients, one that could expand the drug-eluting stent market substantially. We have taken steps to improve our PROMUS inventory so we can solidify supply to our existing accounts and simultaneously begin to open new accounts. In addition to these developments, we now have FDA approval for our TAXUS® Liberte® Paclitaxel-Eluting Coronary Stent System, a thinner-strut, second-generation TAXUS stent that we believe will provide U.S. clinicians and their patients another safe, effective and even more deliverable drug-eluting stent option. We are also expecting FDA approval of our next-generation Apex(TM) balloon catheter soon."
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: www.bostonscientific.com.
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