TITLE

Platelet Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa Receptor Antagonists: Current Concepts and Future Directions

AUTHOR(S)
Ferguson, J.J.; Zaqqa, M.
PUB. DATE
December 1999
SOURCE
Drugs;Dec1999, Vol. 58 Issue 6, p965
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Platelets play a key role in the development of thrombosis. Glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa antagonists are a new class of potent drugs that profoundly inhibit platelet function by blocking the key receptor involved in platelet aggregation. Several antiplatelet agents with varying characteristics have emerged in the past few years and have been evaluated in a variety of potential clinical settings. Clinical trials have established the effectiveness of these drugs in conditions where thrombosis plays a major contributing role such as unstable angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, and high-risk coronary intervention. Despite their potent antiplatelet effects, GP IIb/IIIa antagonists appear to be remarkably well tolerated, provided that the concomitant use of other anticoagulants such as heparin is managed carefully. Ongoing and future studies will further refine the role of GP IIb/IIIa antagonists, explore new applications, and further test their safety and cost effectiveness in the short and long term.
ACCESSION #
9592917

 

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