Medicure Announces the Completion of Shortened AGGRASTAT® Versus Integrilin® in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (SAVI-PCI) Study

WINNIPEG, Dec. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - Medicure Inc. ("Medicure" or the "Company") (TSXV:MPH, OTC:MCUJF), a cardiovascular pharmaceutical company, is pleased to announce the completion of the Shortened AGGRASTAT(®) (tirofiban hydrochloride) injection versus Integrilin(®) (eptifibatide) in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (SAVI-PCI) Clinical Trial.

SAVI-PCI was a randomized, multicenter, open-label study enrolling 535 patients at 13 sites in the United States, which compared tirofiban high-dose bolus injection followed by a maintenance infusion for 1-2 hours post-PCI to label-dosing eptifibatide (double bolus followed by 12-18 hour maintenance infusion). Comparisons to a long-infusion tirofiban arm (high-dose bolus injection followed by 12-18 hour maintenance infusion post-PCI) were also performed. The primary endpoint of the study was to assess whether the short infusion tirofiban regimen in patients undergoing PCI was non-inferior to the aforementioned eptifibatide regimen. The primary endpoint was a composite rate of death, periprocedural myonecrosis, urgent target vessel revascularization (uTVR) or in-hospital, non-CABG related major bleeding within 48 hours following PCI or hospital discharge, whichever comes first, quantified according to REPLACE-2 criteria. This study was sponsored by Medicure.

Topline results of the SAVI-PCI trial will be communicated in a subsequent press release in Q1 of 2020.

"We are very pleased with the completion of enrollment of SAVI-PCI. The study reflects our investment in the Aggrastat brand, and our partnership with leading cardiologists across the United States, providing clinical data involving Aggrastat that reflects contemporary practice", said Albert Friesen, PhD, CEO of Medicure.

AGGRASTAT(®) (tirofiban hydrochloride) injection is a non-peptide antagonist of the platelet glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa receptor and inhibits the final common pathway in platelet aggregation. AGGRASTAT(®) is indicated to reduce the rate of thrombotic cardiovascular events (combined endpoint of death, myocardial infarction, or refractory ischemia/repeat cardiac procedure) in patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS).(1)

About Aggrastat
Aggrastat is an IV antiplatelet medication indicated to reduce the rate of thrombotic cardiovascular events (combined endpoint of death, myocardial infarction, or refractory ischemia/repeat cardiac procedure) in patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS). Aggrastat is currently the most widely used GP IIb/IIIa inhibitor in the U.S.(2 )and has several administration benefits including room temperature storage, a 3-year shelf life and is available in pre-mixed formats. Please refer to the IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION below.

About Medicure Inc.
Medicure is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for the U.S. cardiovascular market. The present focus of the Company is the marketing and distribution of AGGRASTAT(®) (tirofiban hydrochloride) injection, ZYPITAMAG(TM) (pitavastatin) tablets and the ReDS(TM) device in the United States, where they are sold through the Company's U.S. subsidiary, Medicure Pharma Inc. For more information on Medicure please visit

Important Safety Information for AGGRASTAT(®) (tirofiban hydrochloride)

Indications and Usage
AGGRASTAT is indicated to reduce the rate of thrombotic cardiovascular events (combined endpoint of death, myocardial infarction, or refractory ischemia/repeat cardiac procedure) in patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS).

Dosage and Administration
Administer intravenously 25 mcg/kg within 5 minutes and then 0.15 mcg/kg/min for up to 18 hours. In patients with creatinine clearance <=60 mL/min, give 25 mcg/kg within 5 minutes and then 0.075 mcg/kg/min.

Known hypersensitivity to any component of AGGRASTAT, history of thrombocytopenia with prior exposure to Aggrastat, active internal bleeding, or history of bleeding diathesis, major surgical procedure or severe physical trauma within previous month.

Warnings and Precautions
AGGRASTAT can cause serious bleeding. Most bleeding associated with AGGRASTAT occurs at the arterial access site for cardiac catheterization. Minimize the use of traumatic or potentially traumatic procedures such as arterial and venous punctures, intramuscular injections, nasotracheal intubation, etc. Concomitant use of fibrinolytics, anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs increases the risk of bleeding. If bleeding cannot be controlled, discontinue AGGRASTAT.
Thrombocytopenia: Discontinue AGGRASTAT and heparin.

Adverse Reactions
Bleeding is the most commonly reported adverse reaction.

For more information on AGGRASTAT, please refer to Full Prescribing Information available at

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AGGRASTAT(®) (tirofiban hydrochloride) is a registered trademark of Medicure International Inc.


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