"Despite advancements in the treatment of ACS, post-ACS death rates remain high. We are pleased with the CHMP's positive opinion and look forward to the European Commission decision for BRILIQUE," said Anders Ekblom, Executive Vice President, Global Medicines Development, AstraZeneca. "If approved by the European Commission, BRILIQUE will provide an important treatment option for physicians treating patients with ACS."
The positive opinion was reached after the CHMP reviewed the ticagrelor clinical programme, including the results from PLATO (A Study of PLATelet Inhibition and Patient Outcomes).
PLATO was a large (18 624 patients in 43 countries) head-to-head patient outcomes study of ticagrelor versus clopidogrel, and was designed to reflect current clinical management of ACS patients. Overall, PLATO showed that treating 54 patients with ticagrelor instead of clopidogrel for one year will prevent one cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, or stroke, and established the superiority of ticagrelor over clopidogrel.
BRILIQUE™ (ticagrelor) is an oral antiplatelet treatment for ACS. Ticagrelor is a direct-acting P2Y12 receptor antagonist in a chemical class called cyclo-pentyl-triazolo-pyrimidines (CPTPs). Ticagrelor is the first reversibly-binding oral ADP receptor antagonist.
Ticagrelor is currently under regulatory review in twelve territories around the world. BRILINTA and BRILIQUE are trademarks of the AstraZeneca group of companies.
ACS is an umbrella term for conditions that result from a reduction in blood flow to the heart muscle. These conditions range from unstable angina (unremitting chest pain that threatens a heart attack) to heart attack (myocardial infarction, or MI):
- STEMI (ST elevation MI) is a type of heart attack in which the coronary artery is generally blocked off by a blood clot, and as a result much of the heart muscle being supplied by the affected artery starts to die.
- UA/NSTEMI (Unstable angina / non-ST elevation MI) is a type of ACS in which a blood clot partly occludes an artery and as a result some of the heart muscle being supplied by the affected artery dies or is at high risk of dying.
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