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Safety and Efficacy of Polymer-Free Biolimus A9–Coated Versus Bare-Metal Stents in Orally Anticoagulated Patients

Safety and Efficacy of Polymer-Free Biolimus A9–Coated Versus Bare-Metal Stents in Orally Anticoagulated Patients
The aim of this study was to compare the performance of drug-coated stents (DCS) versus bare-metal stents (BMS) in patients who are candidates for long-term oral anticoagulation (OAC) after percutaneous coronary interventions. Background The randomized controlled LEADERS FREE (A Randomized Clinical Evaluation of the BioFreedom™ Stent) trial demonstrated the superior safety and efficacy of a polymer-free biolimus A9 DCS compared with a similar BMS used with 1 month of dual antiplatelet therapy in 2,466 patients at high bleeding risk. Methods The 2 stents were compared in a pre-specified analysis of the 879 LEADERS FREE patients (35.6%) scheduled to remain on OAC after percutaneous coronary intervention. The primary safety endpoint was a composite of cardiac death, myocardial infarction, and stent thrombosis. The primary efficacy endpoint was the incidence of clinically driven target lesion revascularization. Results Baseline characteristics of 448 DCS and 431 BMS recipients were similar, 78.8% had histories of atrial fibrillation, and 21% presented with acute coronary syndromes. Four hundred patients in the DCS group and 376 in the BMS group were discharged on OAC after percutaneous coronary intervention. At 2 years, for the DCS and BMS recipients, respectively, the incidence of clinically driven target lesion revascularization was 7.5% versus 11.2% (hazard ratio: 0.63; 95% confidence interval: 0.40 to 1.01; p = 0.0514), the safety endpoint was reached by 14.4% and 15.0% (p = NS), and the rates of major bleeding events (Bleeding Academic Research Consortium 3 to 5) were 10.7% and 12.9% (p = NS). Conclusions The efficacy advantage of DCS over BMS up to 2 years appears confirmed in patients on long-term OAC. Despite the very short course of dual antiplatelet therapy, both the DCS and BMS groups experienced similarly high rates of major bleeding. (A Randomized Clinical Evaluation of the BioFreedom™ Stent [Leaders Free]; NCT01623180)

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S1936879817309974

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