• acute coronary syndrome;
  • antiplatelet;
  • prasugrel;
  • thienopyridine;
  • transfusion

Summary.  Background: Hemostatic benefits of platelet transfusions in thienopyridine-treated acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients may be compromised by residual metabolite in circulation.Objectives: To estimate the earliest time after a prasugrel loading-dose when added platelets are no longer inhibited by prasugrel's active metabolite.Methods: Baseline platelet reactivity of healthy subjects (n = 25, 30 ± 5 years, 68% male) on ASA 325 mg was tested using maximum platelet aggregation (MPA, ADP 20 μm) and VerifyNow® P2Y12 and was followed by a 60 mg prasugrel loading-dose. At 2, 6, 12 and 24 h post-dose, fresh concentrated platelets from untreated donors were added ex-vivo to subjects’ blood, raising platelet counts by 0% (control), 40%, 60% and 80%. To estimate the earliest time when prasugrel's active metabolite's inhibitory effect on the added platelets ceases, platelet function in supplemented samples was compared across time-points to identify the time when effect of supplementation on platelet function stabilized (i.e. the increase in platelet reactivity was statistically similar to that at the next time-point).Results: Supplemented samples showed concentration-dependent increases in platelet reactivity vs. respective controls by both MPA and VerifyNow® at all assessment time-points. For each supplementation level, platelet reactivity showed a sharp increase from 2 to 6 h but was stable (P = NS) between 6 and 12 h.Conclusions: The earliest measured time when supplemented platelets were not inhibited by circulating active metabolite of prasugrel was 6 h after a prasugrel loading-dose. These findings may have important implications for prasugrel-treated ACS patients requiring platelet transfusions during surgery.