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Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2009 Feb 1;73(2):214-21. doi: 10.1002/ccd.21773.

Long-term mortality after bolus-only administration of abciximab, eptifibatide, or tirofiban during percutaneous coronary intervention.

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  • 1Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 11203, USA.



To evaluate the long-term mortality after bolus-only administration of abciximab, eptifibatide, and tirofiban during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).


Studies on platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor inhibitors (GPI) administered as bolus-only during PCI suggest that this strategy may be similar in efficacy, safer, and more cost-effective compared to a bolus plus infusion of GPI.


We evaluated 864 patients (abciximab = 274, eptifibatide = 361, and tirofiban = 229) who underwent PCI with a bolus-only regimen during January 2003 to August 2005.


After a median follow up of four (interquartile range, 3-4.5) years, there were a total of 95 (11%) deaths. The survival rate was 83% in the abciximab group, 91% in the eptifibatide group, and 93% in the tirofiban group (P = 0.003 by log-rank test). After adjustment for baseline clinical and procedural characteristics using a Cox proportional hazards model, the abciximab group had a significantly higher mortality compared to the eptifibatide group (P = 0.003; Hazard ratio (HR) for eptifibatide compared to abciximab was 0.49 (95% confidence intervals [CI]: 0.30-0.78). The long-term mortality was not significantly different in the tirofiban group compared to the abciximab group (P = 0.33) or the eptifibatide group (P = 0.20), perhaps because of shorter follow-up period and fewer patients in the tirofiban group.


When given as bolus-only during PCI, eptifibatide may improve long-term survival compared to abciximab.

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