Comparison of sibrafiban with aspirin for prevention of cardiovascular events after acute coronary syndromes: a randomised trial. The SYMPHONY Investigators. Sibrafiban versus Aspirin to Yield Maximum Protection from Ischemic Heart Events Post-acute Coronary Syndromes.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: Aspirin lowers risks of death and myocardial infarction in patients with acute coronary syndromes. Intravenous glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor antagonists further reduce the rates of ischaemic events in these patients, but the efficacy of long-term oral glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor blockade has not been established. We tested whether the oral glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor antagonist sibrafiban would prevent more cardiovascular events than aspirin, when given within 7 days of, and sustained for 90 days after, an acute coronary syndrome event. METHODS: 9233 patients who had stabilised after an acute coronary syndrome event were randomly assigned aspirin (80 mg orally twice daily) or low-dose or high-dose sibrafiban. Sibrafiban doses (3.0 mg, 4.5 mg, or 6.0 mg) were based on a model accounting for weight and serum creatinine and designed to achieve at least 25% steady-state inhibition of platelet aggregation (low dose) or at least 50% inhibition (high dose). The primary endpoint was the composite of death, non-fatal infarction or reinfarction, or severe recurrent ischaemia at 90 days. Analysis was by intention to treat. FINDINGS: The 90-day rate of the primary endpoint did not differ significantly between the groups assigned aspirin (302 [9.8%]), low-dose sibrafiban (310 [10.1%]; odds ratio 1.03 [95% CI 0.87-1.21]), and high-dose sibrafiban (303 [10.1%]; 1.03 [0.87-1.21]). The groups did not differ significantly in the rates of the component events or secondary efficacy endpoints. Major bleeding was more common with high-dose sibrafiban (171 [5.7%]) than with aspirin (120 [3.9%]) or low-dose sibrafiban (159 [5.2%]). INTERPRETATION: Sibrafiban showed no additional benefit over aspirin for secondary prevention of major ischaemic events after an acute coronary syndrome, and was associated with more dose-related bleeding.

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Duke Authors

Published Date

  • January 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 355 / 9201

Start / End Page

  • 337 - 345

PubMed ID

  • 10665552

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10665552

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1474-547X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0140-6736


  • eng