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Circulation. 2003 Jul 29;108(4):399-406. Epub 2003 Jul 21.

Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, international trial of the oral IIb/IIIa antagonist lotrafiban in coronary and cerebrovascular disease.

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  • 1Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio 44195, USA.



This is the primary report of the large-scale evaluation of lotrafiban, an orally administered IIb/IIIa receptor antagonist, a unique trial with respect to the platelet antagonist, protocol design, and inclusion of cerebrovascular disease in a significant proportion of patients.


Patients with vascular disease were randomized to lotrafiban 30 or 50 mg BID on the basis of age and predicted creatinine clearance or placebo in addition to aspirin at a dose ranging from 75 to 325 mg/d at the discretion of the physician-investigator. Follow-up was for up to 2 years. The primary end point was the composite of all-cause mortality, myocardial infarction, stroke, recurrent ischemia requiring hospitalization, and urgent revascularization. Of 9190 patients enrolled from 23 countries and 690 hospitals, 41% had cerebrovascular disease at the time of entry, and 59% had coronary artery disease. Death occurred in 2.3% of placebo-assigned patients and 3.0% of lotrafiban-group patients (hazard ratio 1.33, 95% CI 1.03 to 1.72, P=0.026), and the cause of excess death was vascular related. There was no significant difference in the primary end point (17.5% compared with 16.4%, respectively; hazard ratio 0.94, 95% CI 0.85 to 1.03, P=0.19). Serious bleeding was more frequent in the lotrafiban group (8.0% compared with 2.8%; P<0.001). Serious bleeding was more common among patients who received higher doses of aspirin (>162 mg/d), with or without lotrafiban.


Lotrafiban, an orally administered platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa blocker, induced a 33% increase in death rate, which was vascular in origin and not affected by the type of atherosclerotic involvement at entry to the trial. Although the dose of aspirin was not randomly assigned, the finding of increased bleeding with doses >162 mg/d is noteworthy.

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