The extended expiration date applies to all sizes of the TAXUS system for sale in the United States. The Company said it would immediately begin updating labels to reflect the twelve-month expiration date. The shelf life for the TAXUS system outside the United States remains unchanged at 18 months.
"The extended shelf life of TAXUS offers an additional benefit to physicians and other healthcare professionals making purchasing decisions for drug-eluting stents," said Paul LaViolette, Chief Operating Officer of Boston Scientific. "The extended shelf life may facilitate inventory management for hospitals concerned with issues of stock rotation or product expiration."
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