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Novel Antiplatelet Called New Standard in ACS

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Among patients who underwent planned stenting for treatment of acute coronary syndromes, those treated with the investigational antiplatelet agent ticagrelor (Brilinta) had fewer cardiovascular events than patients who received clopidogrel (Plavix).

That finding emerged from a prespecified subset analysis of the PLATO (Study of Platelet Inhibition and Patient Outcomes) trial, published online by The Lancet, which has ticagrelor being heralded as a potential game-changer in treatment of acute coronary syndromes.

For every 1,000 patients admitted to the hospital with a planned invasive strategy, using ticagrelor instead of clopidogrel for 12 months resulted in 11 fewer deaths, 13 fewer MIs, and six fewer cases of stent thrombosis, said Christopher Cannon, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Medpage Today; January 13, 2010

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Written by heartcurrents

February 2, 2010 at 12:32 am

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