• clopidogrel;
  • CYP2C19;
  • genetic polymorphism;
  • pharmacodynamic;
  • pharmacokinetic;
  • prasugrel


Observations from clinical studies have demonstrated that:

• CYP2C19 genotype does not have a clinically relevant effect on active metabolite concentrations or platelet inhibition in prasugrel-treated subjects.

• Variability of response to clopidogrel is related to the presence of reduced function CYP2C19 alleles.

• Lower concentrations of clopidogrel active metabolite and reduced platelet inhibition lead to increased adverse cardiovascular events in patients with acute coronary syndromes.


• Observations from previous studies related to the effect of CYP2C19 genotype on plasma drug exposure and platelet response to prasugrel and clopidogrel are confirmed in this prospectively-stratified, randomized, crossover, genetic study in healthy Chinese subjects.

• In this study, healthy subjects receiving prasugrel had higher exposure to its active metabolite and greater pharmacodynamic responses (inhibition of platelet aggregation) compared with clopidogrel treated subjects, regardless of CYP2C19-predicted phenotype group.

• The exposure to the active metabolite of clopidogrel was lower in CYP2C19 IM compared with RM, and in CYP2C19 PM compared with IM. The inhibition of platelet aggregation was lowest in clopidogrel treated CYP2C19 PM subjects.


This open-label, two-period, randomized, crossover study was designed to determine the effect of CYP2C19 reduced function variants on exposure to active metabolites of, and platelet response to, prasugrel and clopidogrel.


Ninety healthy Chinese subjects, stratified by CYP2C19 phenotype, were randomly assigned to treatment with prasugrel 10 mg or clopidogrel 75 mg for 10 days followed by 14 day washout and 10 day treatment with the other drug. Eighty-three subjects completed both treatment periods. Blood samples were collected at specified time points for measurement of each drug's active metabolite (Pras-AM and Clop-AM) concentrations and determination of inhibition of platelet aggregation (IPA) by light transmittance aggregometry. CYP2C19 genotypes were classified into three predicted phenotype groups: rapid metabolizers [RMs (*1/*1)], heterozygous or intermediate metabolizers [IMs (*1/*2, *1/*3)] and poor metabolizers [PMs (*2/*2, *2/*3)].


Pras-AM exposure was similar in IMs and RMs (90% CI 0.85, 1.03) and slightly lower in PMs than IMs (90% CI 0.74, 0.99), whereas Clop-AM exposure was significantly lower in IMs compared with RMs (90% CI 0.62, 0.83), and in PMs compared with IMs (90% CI 0.53, 0.82). IPA was more consistent among RMs, IMs and PMs in prasugrel treated subjects (80.2%, 84.2% and 80.2%, respectively) than in clopidogrel treated subjects (59.7%, 56.2% and 36.8%, respectively; P < 0.001).


Prasugrel demonstrated higher active metabolite exposure and more consistent pharmacodynamic response across all three predicted phenotype groups compared with clopidogrel, confirming observations from previous research that CYP2C19 phenotype plays an important role in variability of response to clopidogrel, but has no impact on response to prasugrel.