Design and Rationale of the Phase 3 ATTR-ACT Clinical Trial (Tafamidis in Transthyretin Cardiomyopathy Clinical Trial)

Mathew S. Maurer, Perry Elliott, Giampaolo Merlini, Sanjiv J. Shah, Márcia Waddington Cruz, Alison Flynn, Balarama Gundapaneni, Carolyn Hahn, Steven Riley, Jeffrey Schwartz, Marla B. Sultan, Claudio Rapezzi

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Transthyretin amyloidosis is a rare, life-threatening disease resulting from aggregation and deposition of transthyretin amyloid fibrils in various tissues. There are 2 predominate phenotypic presentations of the disease: transthyretin familial amyloid polyneuropathy, which primarily affects the peripheral nerves, and transthyretin cardiomyopathy (TTR-CM), which primarily affects the heart. However, there is a wide overlap with symptoms at presentation and disease course being highly variable and influenced by the underlying transthyretin mutation, age of the affected individual, sex, and geographic location. Treatment of transthyretin amyloidosis is typically focused on symptom management. Although tafamidis has been shown to delay neurologic progression of transthyretin familial amyloid polyneuropathy, there are no approved pharmacologic therapies shown to improve survival in TTR-CM. The natural history of TTR-CM is poorly characterized, which presents difficulties for the design of large-scale trials for new treatments. This review provides a brief overview of TTR-CM and the challenges of identifying clinically meaningful end points and study parameters to determine the efficacy of treatments for rare diseases. The design and rationale behind the ongoing phase 3 ATTR-ACT study (Tafamidis in Transthyretin Cardiomyopathy Clinical Trial), an international, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial, is also outlined. The ATTR-ACT study will provide important insight into the efficacy and safety of tafamidis for the treatment of TTR-CM.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere003815
JournalCirculation: Heart Failure
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2017


  • amyloid
  • cardiomyopathies
  • double-blind method
  • heart failure
  • mutation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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