BACKGROUND: Thrombin potently activates platelets via interaction with the protease-activated receptor 1. SCH 530348 is a novel antiplatelet agent that selectively inhibits the cellular actions of thrombin via antagonism of the protease-activated receptor 1. Because SCH 530348 does not interfere with other pathways for hemostasis, it is possible that SCH 530348 reduces thrombosis with less increase in bleeding than do other potent antiplatelet agents.
STUDY DESIGN: TRA 2 degrees P-TIMI 50 is a phase III, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multinational clinical trial designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of SCH 530348 during long-term treatment of patients with established atherosclerotic disease receiving standard therapy (up to 27,000). Eligible patients with a history of myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke, or peripheral arterial disease are randomized 1:1 to SCH 530348 2.5 mg daily or matched placebo until the end of study. Randomization is stratified by the qualifying disease and planned use of a thienopyridine. The primary end point is the composite of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, stroke, or urgent coronary revascularization. The major secondary end point is the composite of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, or stroke. The evaluation of long-term safety includes bleeding defined by the GUSTO and TIMI criteria. Recruitment began in September 2007. The trial will continue until 2,279 primary end points and 1,400 secondary end points are recorded with expected completion in 36 to 44 months from first enrollment.
CONCLUSIONS: TRA 2 degrees P-TIMI 50 is evaluating whether a new approach to platelet inhibition via interruption of thrombin-mediated platelet activation reduces major cardiovascular events with a favorable safety profile in patients with established atherosclerosis.