Medical Device:

Boston Scientific Taxus Stent

Boston Scientific Corp. recalled its Taxus stents after catheter problems surfaced when extreme heat was applied during the laser welding stage in manufacturing the device.

Approved in March 2004, the stent made the company the largest coronary stent manufacturer. The stent emits a drug that reduces scar tissue. Unfortunately, a study showed that drug coated heart stents can cause blood clots. Patients with the drug-eluting Boston Scientific Taxus stent were advised to take anti-clotting medications for at least six months.