Cangrelor: Review of the Drug and the CHAMPION Programme (Including PHOENIX)

Marcello Marino, Diego Rizzotti, Sergio Leonardi

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Platelet inhibition is the main goal of ancillary pharmacologic therapy during percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). Thienopyridines and ticagrelor are oral drugs developed for this purpose. Cangrelor is an intravenous, non-thienopyridine antagonist of the P2Y12 receptor with a rapid, potent, predictable, and quickly reversible effect. Cangrelor has been studied in a broad population intended to receive PCI in the CHAMPION program, where it was compared with different clopidogrel regimens. The first two trials, CHAMPION PCI and PLATFORM, failed their primary objective, likely for challenges in the adjudication of PCI-related myocardial infarction. In a third trial that implemented the universal definition of MI, CHAMPION PHOENIX, a reduction of thrombotic events, including stent thrombosis, was observed. In the BRIDGE trial cangrelor has been studied in patients who had to prematurely interrupt antiplatelet therapy for surgery. Cangrelor appears a promising agent in patients who require PCI or when a rapid reversal is needed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Cardiology Reports
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Cangrelor
  • CHAMPION Programme
  • Percutaneous coronary interventions
  • Platelet inhibition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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