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Selecting P2Y₁₂ inhibitor therapy based on clopidogrel metabolism lowers cumulative ischemic events

Genetic-Guided Oral P2Y₁₂ Inhibitor Selection and Cumulative Ischemic Events After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Literature - Ingraham BS, Farkouh ME, Lennon RJ, et al. - JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2023 Apr 10;16(7):816-825. doi: 10.1016/j.jcin.2023.01.356

Introduction and methods


As carriers of cytochrome P450 2C19 (CYP2C19) loss-of-function (LOF) alleles who are treated with clopidogrel exhibit less platelet inhibition, they are at higher risk of ischemic events after PCI [1]. The TAILOR-PCI (Tailored Antiplatelet Therapy Following PCI) trial was designed to test the benefit of a genetically guided strategy for selecting oral P2Y₁₂ inhibitor therapy following PCI [2,3]. Although it showed a 34% reduction in time to first ischemic event, this result was not statistically significant (adjusted HR: 0.66; P=0.056) [3].

Aim of the study

In a prespecified analysis of the TAILOR-PCI trial, the authors evaluated the incidence of cumulative ischemic events (i.e., first and recurrent ischemic events) in post-PCI patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) who were treated with either oral P2Y₁₂ inhibitors according to a genetically guided strategy or conventional clopidogrel therapy.


The TAILOR-PCI trial was a prospective, international, multicenter, open-label RCT in which 5302 patients with acute or stable CAD were randomized to genetically guided P2Y₁₂ inhibitor selection or conventional clopidogrel therapy for 12 months post-PCI. In the genetically guided group, carriers of the CYP2C19*2 or CYP2C19*3 LOF allele were identified with point-of-care genetic testing. Subsequently, LOF carriers were prescribed ticagrelor and noncarriers received clopidogrel. For patients assigned to but unable to tolerate ticagrelor, prasugrel was the recommended replacement. All patients were genotyped ≥12 months post-PCI to confirm or assess LOF status.

The current analysis included 5276 patients, of whom 1849 were LOF carriers (903 assigned to genetically guided strategy and 946 to conventional therapy).


The primary endpoint was the cumulative incidence of ischemic events (CV death, MI, stroke, stent thrombosis, and severe recurrent ischemia) at 12 months. The secondary endpoint was the cumulative incidence of major and minor bleeding events based on TIMI (Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction) criteria at 12 months.

Main results


This prespecified analysis of the TAILOR-PCI trial among CYP2C19 LOF carriers with CAD who underwent PCI showed a statistically significant 39% reduction in cumulative ischemic events at 12 months in patients assigned to a genetically guided strategy for selecting oral P2Y₁₂ inhibitor therapy compared with those receiving conventional clopidogrel therapy. There was no significant difference in the cumulative incidence of TIMI major and minor bleeding events between the treatment groups.


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