Reversal of clopidogrel-induced bleeding with rFVIIa in healthy subjects: a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, exploratory study.

Research paper by Brett E BE Skolnick, Magdy M Shenouda, Naum M NM Khutoryansky, Anthony E AE Pusateri, Don D Gabriel, Marcus E ME Carr

Indexed on: 06 Sep '11Published on: 06 Sep '11Published in: Anesthesia and analgesia


Clopidogrel (Plavix®) therapy, although effective for minimizing risk of thrombotic events, is also associated with potential bleeding risk. Recombinant activated FVII (rFVIIa, NovoSeven®) induces hemostasis in hemophilia patients with inhibitors (alloantibodies) and has been proposed as potential treatment for mitigating clopidogrel therapy-mediated bleeding.In this single-center, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, dose-escalation, exploratory phase I trial, we assessed the safety and effects of rFVIIa in reversing clopidogrel-enhanced bleeding in an experimentally induced punch biopsy in healthy subjects. Efficacy assessments included the reversal of bleeding characteristics (bleed duration [BD], the primary end point and blood loss volume [BV] induced by punch biopsy, and thromboelastograph [TEG®] parameters) with rFVIIa or placebo after clopidogrel treatment.A significant number of subjects (56%) had limited response to clopidogrel (defined as ≤30% platelet aggregation inhibition) and were discontinued from study. The remaining subjects continued and had 4 biopsies. Of 40 subjects randomized, 37 were evaluated for efficacy. Clopidogrel treatment increased BD and BV compared with the baseline biopsy. Recombinant FVIIa (10 and 20 μg/kg) significantly mitigated the clopidogrel-induced effects on BV (P = 0.007 and P = 0.001, respectively). Early trial termination limited the evaluation of effects of higher rFVIIa doses. Subgroup analyses of subjects biopsied by the same physician demonstrated significant reduction of clopidogrel-induced BD with 20 μg/kg rFVIIa (P = 0.048). Ex vivo analysis of rFVIIa demonstrated clotting dynamics presented by parameters time to clot onset (TEG®-R) and clot angle (TEG®-A) (P < 0.005).In this clinical study, rFVIIa (10 and 20 μg/kg) reversed the effect of clopidogrel on blood loss.