Angiotech's corporate partner, Boston Scientific, announces FDA approval of TAXUS(R) Express(2)(TM) Atom(TM) Stent System, first drug-eluting stent for small vessels

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Angiotech")
(NASDAQ:   ANPI, TSX: ANP), a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device
company, today reported that its corporate partner, Boston Scientific
Corporation (NYSE:   BSX), has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
approval to market its TAXUS(R) Express(2)(TM) Atom(TM) Paclitaxel-Eluting
Coronary Stent System. The TAXUS Express Atom Stent is a highly deliverable
drug-eluting stent (DES) specifically designed for treating small coronary
vessels. It is the only DES approved by the FDA for use in vessels as small as
2.25 mm in diameter. BSC plans to launch the product immediately.
    "The TAXUS Express Atom Stent will provide better options for U.S.
patients with coronary artery disease in small vessels," said Gregg Stone,
M.D., Chairman of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and Professor of
Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, and Principal Investigator of
the TAXUS IV and V clinical trials. "This is a welcome addition to the range
of available drug-eluting stents, since patients with small vessels who are
currently treated with bare-metal stents experience high rates of restenosis.
In the TAXUS V clinical trial, the TAXUS Express Atom Stent significantly
reduced the chance of restenosis and the need for repeat procedures compared
to bare-metal stents, in patients with small vessel disease."
    "We congratulate Boston Scientific on further expanding the paclitaxel
DES portfolio to help interventional cardiologists address the unmet needs of
patients suffering from small vessel disease," said Dr. William Hunter,
President and CEO of Angiotech. "We believe this approval reflects the
progress Boston Scientific is making towards resolving the issues outlined two
years ago in the Corporate Warning Letter," he added.
    Currently the leading drug-eluting stents worldwide, TAXUS Stent Systems
have been evaluated by the industry's most extensive randomized, controlled
clinical trial program, as well as studied in more than 35,000 real-world
patients enrolled in post-approval registries. To date, approximately 4.6
million TAXUS Stents have been implanted worldwide.

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    BSC 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) Express(2)(TM) Atom(TM) are trademarks of Boston Scientific

    About Angiotech

    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

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