Boston Scientific Announces European Approval and Launch of OMEGAâ„¢ Platinum Chromium Stent System
NATICK, Mass., March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced it has received CE Mark for its OMEGA™ Platinum Chromium Bare-Metal Coronary Stent System, the Company's third-generation coronary stenting technology. It incorporates Boston Scientific's unique platinum chromium (PtCr) alloy designed specifically for coronary stenting and is intended to provide interventional cardiologists with a bare-metal stent with improved acute performance in treating patients with coronary artery disease. The Company will immediately begin marketing the OMEGA Stent System in the European Union and other CE Mark countries.
"In my experience, the platinum chromium alloy and design used in the OMEGA Stent offer excellent deliverability, visibility and conformability while improving radial strength and reducing stent recoil," said Antonio Colombo, M.D., Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Columbus Hospital and San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy. "The OMEGA Stent and platinum chromium alloy offer meaningful performance improvements without the tradeoffs associated with older stent alloys."
The OMEGA Stent System is part of Boston Scientific's PtCr Stent series, which includes the TAXUS® Element™ Paclitaxel-Eluting Stent System and PROMUS Element™ Everolimus-Eluting Stent System. All three stents feature the novel PtCr alloy and an innovative stent design, which combine to offer greater radial strength and flexibility while reducing stent recoil. The higher density alloy provides superior visibility while permitting thinner struts compared to prior-generation stents(1). The enhanced delivery system features a dual-layer balloon and is engineered to improve access to challenging lesions."The platinum chromium PROMUS Element and TAXUS Element Stents have been well rec