"Most clinical trials examine how any given treatment impacts patient outcomes; however, given that much of an individual's health is determined by non-clinical factors, we thought it important to design the PLATINUM Diversity study in order to better understand the nature and magnitude of outcome disparities that exist for under-represented groups after contemporary coronary stent procedures," said Wayne Batchelor, M.D., co-principal investigator and chair of the Interventional Cardiology Council at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Tallahassee, Florida.
"The initial evaluation of the primary endpoint is the first of many analyses that we believe will provide invaluable insights into the social, behavioral and economic determinants of health in women and minorities who undergo coronary stent procedures," said Roxana Mehran, M.D., co-principal investigator and director of the Office of Interventional Cardiovascular Research and Clinical Trials of Mount Sinai Heart and professor of Cardiology and Population Health Science and Policy at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
Heart disease takes a greater toll on certain racial and ethnic groups yet historically, large-scale clinical trials in cardiology have had a disproportionately low inclusion of women and minorities. As a result, physicians have had little data on which to base their clinical decisions when treating these patients. The PLATINUM Diversity study was initiated in October 2014 to provide important insights that can ultimately help physicians customize treatment plans for patient-specific demographics and socioeconomic status.
"The PLATINUM Diversity study is tangible evidence of the commitment by Boston Scientific to raise awareness of the needs of underserved patient communities across the country, and is a critical first step in advancing care for all patients," says Paul Underwood, M.D., medical director of clinical interventional cardiology at Boston Scientific. "Our hope is that these 'real-world' results from the PLATINUM Diversity study will help clinicians, researchers and advocates understand the existing challenges so that we can work collaboratively to close the gender, race and ethnicity gap when treating cardiovascular disease."
The PLATINUM Diversity study is an observational, prospective, multicenter, open-label, single-arm, post-approval study that enrolled 1,501 patients at 52 sites in the U.S. from understudied populations, specifically women, African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, American Indians or Alaska Natives. All patients in this single arm study received at least one Promus PREMIER drug-eluting stent. Patient data from the PROMUS Element™ Plus Stent System post-approval study will be included in the full analysis to allow for comparisons to white men, increasing the total number of patients to 4,188. The Promus PREMIER stent system received CE Mark approval in February 2013 and has been available in the U.S. since November 2013. The PROMUS Element Plus stent system received CE Mark approval in 2009 and FDA approval in 2011.
About Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease (CAD) – the most common type of heart disease – is a narrowing of blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. An estimated 15 million Americans have CAD.1 These patients may experience pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and may be at risk for a heart attack. One treatment option is the placement of a stent in the artery to help keep it open and allow the blood to flow more freely to the heart.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans, including women and minorities.2 Despite this reality, women represent less than one-third of those enrolled in cardiovascular trials conducted since 2006.3 Black Americans represent about 12 percent of the U.S. population, have the highest heart disease death rate, and yet they comprise just five percent of patients in cardiovascular clinical trials.4,5 Hispanics, now the largest racial/ethnic group in America, representing nearly 16 percent of the U.S. population, have the highest risk factor profile, but account for a mere one percent of study patients.6,7
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1 Understanding coronary artery disease. CardioSmart website. https://www.cardiosmart.org/News-and-Events/2016/06/Understanding-CAD. Published June 2016. Accessed October 21, 2016.
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4 The Society for Women's Health Research and United States Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health. Successful Strategies for Engaging Women and Minorities in Clinical Trials. Final report of the Dialogues on Diversifying Clinical Trials; September 22-23, 2011; Washington, DC. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/ScienceResearch/SpecialTopics/WomensHealthResearch/UCM334959.pdf. Accessed October 21, 2016.
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7 Mozaffarian D, Benjamin EJ, Go AS, et al.; American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Heart disease and stroke statistics-2016 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2016;133(4):e38-360. http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=26673558.
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