Key clinical point: Once-daily treatment with oral avatrombopag significantly reduced the need for platelet transfusion and rescue therapy for up to 7 days after patients with chronic liver disease and thrombocytopenia underwent scheduled procedures.
Major finding: In the ADAPT-1 trial, 66% of patients in the 60-mg arm met this primary endpoint, as did 88% of patients who received 40 mg for less severe thrombocytopenia versus 23% and 38% of the placebo arms, respectively (P less than .001 for each comparison). In the ADAPT-2 trial, 69% of the 60-mg group met the primary endpoint, as did 88% of the 40-mg group versus 35% and 33% of the respective placebo groups (P less than .001 for each comparison).
Study details: ADAPT-1 and ADAPT-2, international, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase III trials.
Disclosures: Dova Pharmaceuticals makes avatrombopag and funded medical writing support. Dr. Terrault and three coinvestigators disclosed ties to AbbVie, Allergan, BMS, Eisai, Gilead, Merck, and other pharmaceutical companies. One coinvestigator is chief medical officer of Dova, helped analyze the data and write the manuscript, and gave final approval of the submitted version.
Terrault N et al. Gastroenterology. 2018 May 17. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2018.05.025.