NXY-059 for the treatment of acute stroke: Pooled analysis of the SAINT I and II trials

Hans Christoph Diener, Kennedy R. Lees, Patrick Lyden, Jim Grotta, Antoni Davalos, Stephen M. Davis, Ashfaq Shuaib, Tim Ashwood, Warren Wasiewski, Vivian Alderfer, Hans Goran Hårdemark, Larry Rodichok

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    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: In animal models of acute ischemic stroke (AIS), the free radicaltrapping agent NXY-059 showed promise as a neuroprotectant. SAINT I and II were randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trials to investigate the efficacy of NXY-059 in patients with AIS. METHODS: Patients with AIS received an infusion of intravenous NXY-059 or placebo within 6 hours from the onset of stroke symptoms. A pooled individual patient analysis was prespecified to assess the overall efficacy and to examine subgroups. The primary end point was the distribution of disability scores measured on the modified Rankin scale (mRS) at 90 days. Neurologic and activities of daily living scores were investigated as secondary end points. We also evaluated whether treatment with NXY-059 would reduce alteplase-related intracranial hemorrhages. Finally, we evaluated possible predictors of good or poor outcome. RESULTS: An intent-to-treat efficacy analysis was based on 5028 patients. Baseline parameters and prognostic factors were well balanced between treatment groups. The distribution of scores on the mRS was not different in the group treated with NXY-059 (n≤2438) compared with the placebo group (n≤2456): odds ratio for limiting disability≤1.02; 95% CI, 0.92 to 1.13 (P≤0.682, Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel test). Comparisons at each level of the mRS confirmed an absence of benefit. There was no evidence of efficacy in prespecified subgroups or from the secondary outcome analyses. Mortality was equal in the 2 groups (16.7% vs 16.5%), and adverse event rates were similar. Among patients treated with alteplase, there was no decrease in rates of symptomatic or asymptomatic hemorrhage associated with NXY-059 treatment versus placebo. Subgroup analyses identified National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score, age, markers of inflammation, blood glucose, and right-sided infarct as predictors of poor outcome. CONCLUSIONS: NXY-059 is ineffective for treatment of AIS within 6 hours of symptom onset. This is also true for subgroups and the prevention of alteplase-associated hemorrhage. © 2008 American Heart Association, Inc.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1751-1758
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008


    • Ischemic stroke
    • Neuroprotective therapy
    • Pooled analysis
    • Predictors of outcome
    • Thrombolysis


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