FDA approves Xience Prime stent


The FDA has approved Abbott’s next-generation Xience Prime drug eluting stent to treat patients with complex coronary artery disease.

The Xience Prime Everolimus Eluting Coronary Stent System is based on the company’s cobalt-chromium stent technology and is designed to enhance deliverability, flexibility, and more accurate stent placement in patients with symptomatic heart disease due to de novo native coronary artery lesions.

The approval was based on results from the SPIRIT PRIME clinical trial, a prospective, multi-centre, open-label trial involving 500 patients with coronary artery disease at more than 60 centres in the US and Australia. Clinical results show that the trial met its primary endpoint of low rates of target lesion failure (TLF) at one year.

Dr Marco Costa, principal investigator of the SPIRIT PRIME trial, said: “Drug-eluting stent technology continues to advance, leading to improved outcomes for patients with coronary artery disease.”

He said that the medical device “will improve our ability to access challenging, complex lesions, and thereby improve care for our patients”.

Robert Hance, Senior Vice President at Abbott Vascular, said that the FDA’s approval “expands the range of treatment options that we can offer physicians for the benefit of their patients with coronary artery disease”.

Xience Prime received CE Mark Approval in 2009.

Abbott recently split into two companies, one concentrating on research-based pharmaceuticals and the other (Abbott) on medical products.