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A Phase IV Trial To Assess The Effectiveness Of Apixaban Compared With Usual Care Anticoagulation In Subjects With Non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation Undergoing Cardioversion


Some people can develop an abnormal heart beat known as "Atrial fibrillation" or "AF" that puts them at risk of developing clots in the heart. Those clots can travel in the blood circulation to the brain and cause a brain attack ("a stroke"). To prevent those clots forming, blood thinners (anti-coagulants) are used. Apixaban is a blood thinner that works by stopping one of the blood substances required for clotting ("Factor Xa"). It is approved and used to prevent clots forming in people with "AF". Other established blood thinners work by stopping clotting substances being made, known as "Vitamin K antagonists" or "VKAs". An example of this type is Warfarin (Coumadin). The good effects of all blood thinners are preventing clots, and they may also have bad effects of increasing the chance of bleeding. People with "AF", abnormal heart beat, may benefit from changing it back to a normal regular rhythm, known medically as "cardioversion". When this is done, people are currently most commonly treated with a "VKA" blood thinner (e.g. warfarin). The purpose of this study is to assess the good and bad effects ("efficacy" and "safety") of apixaban compared with warfarin in people with "AF" in whom an early cardioversion is planned.

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CW ID: 203530
Date Last Changed: November 14, 2014

Clinical Trial Snapshot

Both Male and Female
18 and up
Overall Status
Lead Sponsor
Facility Type


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects with non-valvular atrial fibrillation indicated for cardioversion and initiation of anticoagulation in accordance with the approved local label.
  • Age ≥ 18 years.
  • Evidence of a personally signed and dated informed consent document indicating that the subject (or their legally-recognized representative) has been informed of all pertinent aspects of the study.
  • The subject is willing to provide contact details for at least one alternate person for study staff to contact regarding their whereabouts, should the subject be lost-to-follow-up over the course of the study.
  • Female subjects of childbearing potential must agree to use a highly effective method of contraception throughout the study and for at least 28 days after the last dose of assigned treatment. A subject is of childbearing potential if, in the opinion of the investigator, she is biologically capable of having children and is sexually active.
  • Subjects who are willing and able to comply with scheduled visits, treatment plan, and other study procedures.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects currently taking an oral anticoagulant.
  • Contraindications to apixaban or usual care (eg, VKA) in accordance with the approved local label.
  • Severe haemodynamically compromised subjects requiring emergent cardioversion.
  • Clinically significant (moderate or severe) mitral stenosis.
  • Conditions other than atrial fibrillation that require chronic anticoagulation (eg. a prosthetic mechanical heart valve).
  • Pregnant females; breastfeeding females; females of childbearing potential who are unwilling or unable to use a highly effective method of contraception as outlined in this protocol for the duration of the study and for at least 28 days after last dose of investigational product.
  • Participation in other studies involving investigational drug(s) (Phases 1- - within 30 days before the current study begins and/or during study participation.
  • Severe acute or chronic medical or psychiatric condition or laboratory abnormality that may increase the risk associated with study participation or investigational product administration or may interfere with the interpretation of study results and, in the judgment of the investigator, would make the subject inappropriate for entry into this study.
  • Subjects who are investigational site staff members directly involved in the conduct of the trial and their family members, site staff members otherwise supervised by the Investigator, or subjects who are BMS/Pfizer employees directly involved in the conduct of the trial.


Bonnie Kirby, MSN, RN
University of South Florida - South Tampa Center for Advanced Healthcare
2 Tampa General Circle, Suite 5075
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813)259-8543

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