Orbofiban in Patients with Unstable Coronary Syndromes, Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction - TIMI 16-OPUS


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To determine the efficacy of the oral antiplatelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor, orbofiban, in patients with unstable coronary syndromes.

Study Design

Study Design:

Patients Screened: Not given
Patients Enrolled: 12,000

Patient Populations:

Chest pain > 5 minutes in last 72 hours; positive enzymes or EKG changes

Primary Endpoints:

Death, MI, recurrent ischemia, stroke at 1 year

Drug/Procedures Used:

Patients were randomized to placebo vs. orbofiban 50mg orally twice a day or orbofiban 50mg for 30 days followed by 30mg twice a day.

Principal Findings:

The study was stopped early when there was an increased mortality in one of the orbofiban groups. At 30 days the mortality rate was 2.3% in the orbofiban 50/30 group, 1.6% in the orbofiban 50/50 group and 1.4% in the patients that received placebo. There was a decreased rate or urgent revascularization associated with orbofiban. At 300-day follow-up, preliminary analysis continued to demonstrate an increase in mortality in the orbofiban-treated groups and an increased rate of major severe bleeding.


Oral GP IIb/IIIa antagonism with orbofiban was associated with more deaths, and more severe bleeding, but less urgent revascularization.


Circulation 2000;102:149-56

Clinical Topics: Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies, Heart Failure and Cardiac Biomarkers

Keywords: Follow-Up Studies, Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors, Pyrrolidines, Electrocardiography, Platelet Membrane Glycoprotein IIb, Platelet Glycoprotein GPIIb-IIIa Complex

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