Abbott's XIENCE PRIME and XIENCE V Drug Eluting Stents Receive Indication in Europe for Minimum Three-Month Duration of Dual Anti-Platelet Therapy
Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced that the XIENCE PRIME™ and the XIENCE V® Everolimus Eluting Coronary Stent Systems have received CE Mark in Europe for the use of dual anti-platelet therapy (DAPT) for at least three months after stent implantation in patients with coronary artery disease. This is the shortest duration of DAPT for any major drug eluting stent (DES) in Europe.
Patients are prescribed DAPT, a combination of aspirin and an anti-platelet medication, following stent implantation to protect them from developing blood clots and experiencing other adverse safety events. The most recent European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines for myocardial revascularization, which were published in 2010, recommend that patients treated with a DES remain on DAPT for six to 12 months. Long-term DAPT use can lead to additional safety risks, such as increased bleeding events, which is why shorter-term duration of DAPT may be meaningful for patients. In addition, having a shorter DAPT duration after stent implantation may be beneficial in case a patient needs to interrupt or discontinue the medication prior to surgery or for other considerations.
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