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WASHINGTON, DC—Two late-breaking clinical trials at TCT 2010 have demonstrated that Xience V, a second-generation DES, produces superior and sustained benefits over the standard Taxus stent.
For SPIRIT IV, researchers randomized 3,687 patients in a 2:1 ratio to treatment with the everolimus-eluting Xience V stent (Abbott Vascular) or the paclitaxel-eluting Taxus Express stent (Boston Scientific).
Gregg W. Stone, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center, New York, N.Y., presented data showing that, compared with the paclitaxel-eluting stent, the everolimus-eluting stent continued to reduce the primary composite endpoint of target lesion failure (a composite of cardiac death, target-vessel MI or ischemia-driven target lesion ....
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