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Devices Interventional Cardiology Regulatory

 News Release - January 29, 2009

Angiotech's corporate partner, Boston Scientific, announces Japanese approval for TAXUS(R) LibertÚ(R) drug-eluting stent system

VANCOUVER, Jan. 29, 2009 - (HSMN NewsFeed) - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANPI, TSX: ANP), a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company, today announced that its corporate partner, Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX ), has received approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) to market its TAXUS(R) LibertÚ(R) paclitaxel-eluting coronary stent system. Boston Scientific plans to launch the product in Japan once reimbursement approval is granted. The TAXUS LibertÚ was approved by the FDA in October 2008 and was launched in Europe and several other international markets in 2005.

"The TAXUS LibertÚ stent is the latest advance in drug-eluting stent technology for Japan," said Donald Baim, M.D., Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of Boston Scientific. "Its safety and efficacy have been well demonstrated in multiple clinical studies and years of clinical use."

"We are pleased to see the approval of TAXUS LibertÚ in Japan as it demonstrates our partner's commitment to expanding its international acceptance," said Dr. William Hunter, President and CEO of Angiotech. "Japanese patients and their families struggling with coronary artery disease should soon be able to benefit from this proven technology."

TAXUS LibertÚ is the only second-generation drug-eluting stent approved for use in Japan. The TAXUS LibertÚ stent will replace the TAXUS Express(2)(TM) stent, marketed in Japan since May 2007. Significant design improvements over the first-generation stent include thinner struts and a more uniform stent geometry.

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Given these uncertainties, assumptions and risk factors, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, we disclaim any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect future results, events or developments.

(C) 2009 Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Boston Scientific Corporation acquired worldwide exclusive rights from Angiotech to use paclitaxel to coat its coronary stent products and has co-exclusive rights to certain peripheral vascular and non-vascular products.

TAXUS(R) LibertÚ and Express(2)(TM) are registered trademarks of Boston Scientific Corporation.

About Angiotech Pharmaceuticals

Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company with over 1,500 dedicated employees. Angiotech discovers, develops and markets innovative treatment solutions for diseases or complications associated with medical device implants, surgical interventions and acute injury. To find out more about Angiotech (NASDAQ: ANPI, TSX: ANP), please visit our website at www.angiotech.com.


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