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Am Heart J. 2012 May;163(5):835.e1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2012.02.009.

Assessing the role of eptifibatide in patients with diffuse coronary disease undergoing drug-eluting stenting: the INtegrilin plus STenting to Avoid myocardial Necrosis Trial.

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Department of Medico-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies, Sapienza University of Rome, Corso della Repubblica 79, Latina, Italy.



The optimal antiplatelet regimen in elective patients undergoing complex percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) is uncertain. We aimed to assess the impact of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa (GpIIb/IIIa) inhibition with eptifibatide in clinically stable subjects with diffuse coronary lesions.


Patients with stable coronary artery disease undergoing PCI by means of implantation of >33 mm of drug-eluting stent were single-blindedly randomized to heparin plus eptifibatide versus heparin alone. The primary end point was the rate of abnormal post-PCI creatine kinase-MB mass values. Secondary end points were major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs) (ie, cardiac death, myocardial infarction, or urgent revascularization) and MACE plus bailout GpIIb/IIIa inhibitor use.


The study was stopped for slow enrollment and funding issues after including a total of 91 patients: 44 were randomized to heparin plus eptifibatide, and 47, to heparin alone. Analysis for the primary end point showed a trend toward lower rates of abnormal post-PCI creatine kinase-MB mass values in the heparin-plus-eptifibatide group (18 [41%]) versus the heparin-alone group (26 [55%], relative risk 0.74 [95% CI 0.48-1.15], P = .169). Similar nonstatistically significant trends were found for rates of MACE, their components, or MACE plus bailout GpIIb/IIIa inhibitors (all P > .05). Notably, heparin plus eptifibatide proved remarkably safe because major bleedings or minor bleeding was uncommon and nonsignificantly different in both groups (all P > .05).


Given its lack of statistical power, the INSTANT study cannot definitively provide evidence against or in favor of routine eptifibatide administration in stable patients undergoing implantation of multiple drug-eluting stent for diffuse coronary disease. However, the favorable trend evident for the primary end point warrants further larger randomized studies.


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