Measuring antiplatelet drug effects in the laboratory

Paul Harrison, A L Frelinger, Mark I Furman, Alan D Michelson

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This review discusses the advantages and disadvantages of currently available tests for the monitoring of antiplatelet therapy (especially aspirin and clopidogrel). Many tests of platelet function are now available for clinical use, and some of these tests have been shown to predict clinical outcomes after antiplatelet therapy. However, in most of these studies, the number of major adverse clinical events was low. No published studies address the clinical effectiveness of altering therapy based on the results of monitoring antiplatelet therapy. Therefore, the correct treatment, if any, of "resistance" to antiplatelet therapy is unknown and, other than in research trials, monitoring of antiplatelet therapy in patients is not generally recommended. A clinically meaningful definition of "resistance" to antiplatelet drugs needs to be developed, based on data linking drug-dependent laboratory tests to clinical outcomes in patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-36
Number of pages14
JournalThrombosis Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Aspirin
  • Blood Platelets
  • Drug Resistance
  • Humans
  • Laboratories
  • Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors
  • Platelet Function Tests
  • Platelet Glycoprotein GPIIb-IIIa Complex
  • Ticlopidine


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