Study: Bypass surgery outperforms Boston Scientific's Taxus

A study of 3,000 patients in 85 U.S. and European hospitals found that 17.8% of those who received Boston Scientific's Taxus drug-coated stent died, experienced a stroke or heart attack, or underwent repeat procedures after a year, compared with 12.1% of those who got bypass surgery. An analysis of the company-sponsored study found no marked difference regarding safety between the two procedures within the first year -- a result that gives patients more options, a cardiologist said.

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