Real-world study 'reassuring' on paclitaxel drug-eluting devices

Mortality not a concern over seven year follow-up, researchers say

Contrary to a previous meta-analysis that prompted global concern, paclitaxel drug-eluting devices (DEDs) in peripheral vessels are not associated with increased long-term mortality, researchers say.


Using a German health insurance database of 9.2 million patients, researchers retrieved data on people undergoing their first endovascular revascularisation of the lower limbs using a balloon or stent (drug-eluting or not) between 2007 and 2015 and followed them until the end of 2017.

Patients had a mean age of about 73, and about 45% were women.