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Curr Pharm Des. 2012;18(33):5240-60.

Development and clinical use of prasugrel and ticagrelor.

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Department of Cardiovascular Science, University of Sheffield, Beech Hill Road, Sheffield S10 2RX, UK.


Anti-platelet agents have left an indelible impression in the management of a wide range of pathologies. From the earliest therapeutic agents such as aspirin, to the cutting edge agents still undergoing development, they have the capability to powerfully manipulate platelet biology, a central player in thrombosis. The use of these agents is still subject to a number of important limitations that two newer agents, prasugrel and ticagrelor, aim to address. Both have recently received licensing for use in acute coronary syndromes and promise to improve outcomes for patients. Here, we examine the rationale for the development and clinical integration of antiplatelet agents focusing upon prasugrel and ticagrelor.

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