"While REALITY failed to meet its primary endpoint, we were particularly pleased to see that it reaffirmed the safety of the TAXUS stent system. As highlighted in today's REALITY presentation at ACC, there were 'no significant differences' in safety endpoints between the Cypher and TAXUS systems, according to the presentation.
"The absence of any significant differences in the safety endpoints within the intent-to-treat patient population once again reaffirms the excellent safety profile of approved drug-eluting stents. The reported early stent thrombosis rates for both arms are well within the previously established safety profile for both technologies.
"The REALITY trial adds to the extensive body of clinical evidence from randomized, controlled trials - encompassing thousands of patients - that reinforces the safety profile of the TAXUS system."
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