PARIS, May 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT ) today announced positive six-month results from the first 45 patients enrolled in the second stage of the ABSORB trial, which was presented during the Late-Breaking Clinical Trials session at the EuroPCR 2010 conference. At six months, Abbott's bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) demonstrated strong results, with a low (4.4 percent) rate of major adverse cardiac events (MACE(1)) and no blood clots (thromboses). Abbott's BVS also demonstrated an in-stent late loss rate of 0.19 mm. Late loss is a measure of vessel re-narrowing and looks at the change in the diameter inside the device between the time immediately following scaffold placement and at six months. The amount of re-narrowing tells physicians how effective a scaffold procedure was at keeping the blood vessel open.
"With each new data milestone, Abbott's revolutionary BVS technology is one step closer to becoming a reality. The device achieved a six-month late loss rate of 0.19 mm. This finding suggests that the BVS may have the potential to treat a blocked vessel as effectively as a metallic drug eluting stent, with the added potential benefit of not leaving a permanent implant behind after the vessel is healed," said Patrick W. Serruys, M.D., Ph.D., professor of interventional cardiology at the Thoraxcentre, Erasmus University Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and principal investigator for the ABSORB trial. "These extraordinary findings signal that Abbott's disappearing scaffold may become the new standard of care for treating coronary artery disease."
Abbott's BVS, which is under clinical investigation