Abbott gets a boost with stent results –‘ drug-coated stent, Xience V, is significantly more effective than Corp.’s Taxus three years after implantation in an artery, according to new long-term data. The data, presented Sunday at the American College of Cardiology meeting in Orlando, Fla., come from a 300-patient, Abbott-sponsored international trial known as SPIRIT II. The data are the longest to date for Abbott’s market-leading stent. Boston Scientific also markets Xience, which was approved last year, under the name Promus.
TriLipix for cholesterol: looking good – A combination of Abbott Laboratories’ new TriLipix triglycerides medicine and a low dose of AstraZeneca Plc’s Crestor cholesterol drug proved better than the individual pills in helping improve heart risk factors, researchers said. The combination did significantly better at lowering bad LDL cholesterol and other blood fats called triglycerides, as well as raising levels of good HDL cholesterol in patients with complex lipid disorders.
PLUS – Eli Lilly on mega-mergers: No – “I think we are seeing deals that are really driven more by weakness than what I would describe as strong strategic combinations … That will improve short-term problems but fail to answer the long-term question of research productivity.”
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