The prospective, multi-center, post-market study reports six-month patency rates in patients with claudication, as well as limb salvage rates in patients with critical limb ischemia. These rates are noted after treatment with Covidien's catheter-based SilverHawk?/TurboHawk? Plaque Excision Systems. The study took 800 subjects with 1,011 target lesions (up to 20 cm in length) and had a pre-specified sub-analysis done to compare patency outcomes in patients with diabetes to those without diabetes. Time-to-event analyses including the primary endpoints were conducted using Kaplan-Meier methods; 624 subjects had a six-month follow-up and primary patency in claudicants was 94.1 percent at 180 days. There was no difference in six-month patency outcomes between patients with or without diabetes. For patients with critical limb ischemia, freedom from major unplanned amputation of the target limb at six months was 97.3 percent. The final results at 12 months will be available about a year from now.

"We are pleased to see the six-month results of this trial, especially around the diabetic patient cohorts. The results are promising in this large cohort of advanced disease in challenging lesions," said Mark A. Turco, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Vascular Therapies, Covidien. "It's exciting to be able to demonstrate equivalent findings in a complex patient population of diabetic patients when compared to non-diabetics, given that all other stent and percutaneous transcatheter angioplasty trials have demonstrated worse outcomes in the diabetic patients."