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Trials. 2017 Sep 22;18(1):439. doi: 10.1186/s13063-017-2155-5.

SAFE (Sarpogrelate Anplone in Femoro-popliteal artery intervention Efficacy) study: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.

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Department of Surgery, Seoul National University Hospital, 101 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 03080, South Korea.
Division of Clinical Epidemiology, Medical Research Collaborating Center, Biomedical Research Institution, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, South Korea.
Department of Surgery, Seoul National University Hospital, 101 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 03080, South Korea.



Sarpogrelate is expected to reduce restenosis by protecting blood vessels from oxidative stress and vascular endothelial dysfunction as well as by acting as an antiplatelet agent after endovascular treatment (EVT). This trial was designed to compare aspirin plus sustained-release (SR) sarpogrelate with aspirin plus clopidogrel for the prevention of restenosis in patients with femoro-popliteal (FP) peripheral artery disease (PAD) who underwent EVT.


This is an open label, multicenter, prospective randomized controlled clinical trial. Patients will be eligible for inclusion in this study if they require EVT for stenosis or occlusion of a de novo FP lesion. Patients in each group will receive aspirin 100 mg with clopidogrel 75 mg or aspirin 100 mg with SR sarpogrelate 300 mg (Anplone®) orally once a day for six months. The primary outcome of the study is the restenosis rate, defined as > 50% luminal reduction by computed tomography angiography or catheter angiography in the six-month follow-up period. Secondary outcomes include target lesion revascularization, major bleeding, ipsilateral major amputation, all-cause mortality, and all adverse events that take place in those six months.


This study is a multicenter randomized controlled trial designed to show non-inferiority in terms of the re-stenosis rate of SR sarpogrelate compared to clopidogrel for EVT for PAD in FP lesion patients.

TRIAL REGISTRATION:, NCT02959606 . Registered on 9 November 2016.


Endovascular treatment; Femoro-popliteal; Peripheral artery disease; Sarpogrelate; Stenosis

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