Boston Scientific Expects Synergy To Dominate Drug-Eluting Stents In US
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
Boston Scientific wants to expand the lead against other stents used by interventional cardiologists with the launch of its Synergy drug-eluting stent that they expect will become the workhorse of the industry to handle a broad range of surgeries to treat coronary artery disease. "Our belief is that the target for Synergy is [the] entire market," says Boston Scientific's senior VP and president of its interventional cardiology unit.
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