Impact of routine platelet reactivity testing with verifynow assay on antiplatelet choice after percutaneous coronary intervention

Fakilahyel S. Mshelbwala, Daniel W. Hugenberg, Rolf P. Kreutz

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Background: High on-treatment ADP platelet reactivity (HPR) measured by VerifyNow P2Y12 assay (VN) is an established risk factor for ischemic events after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We hypothesized that routine use of VN at time of PCI in clinical practice may affect choice of P2Y12 antiplatelet therapy at discharge. Methods: In a single center retrospective analysis, we examined the influence of VN testing on choice of P2Y12 inhibitor post PCI in routine clinical practice. Assessment of HPR was used routinely in clinical care during the time period of analysis at discretion of clinical providers. Subjects with PRU> 208 after the loading dose of clopidogrel or during clopidogrel steady state were switched to alternate P2Y12 inhibitors. Results: We identified 1001 patients with PCI during the time period specified. A total of 252 subjects underwent VN testing. Among those, 43% were found to have HPR on clopidogrel and were switched to alternate therapies (prasugrel [n=60], ticagrelor [n=48]). Patients who had VN platelet function testing were more likely to be discharged on clopidogrel as compared to those who did not have VN assay done (57% vs. 50%, p=0.039). There was no significant difference in 1-year net-MACE (CVD, MI, stent thrombosis, BARC 2 or higher bleeding) using tailored antiplatelet therapy (VN testing) as compared to standard of care group (adjusted HR:0.92, 95% CI: 0.54– 1.5, p=0.74). Conclusion: Routine use of VN assay in personalized antiplatelet treatment decision-making after PCI is associated with lower likelihood of using novel P2Y12 inhibitors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-41
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Pharmacology: Advances and Applications
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020



  • Clopidogrel
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Prasugrel
  • Ticagrelor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)

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