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IN.PACT SFA Trial and IN.PACT Global Study: Study Design and Clinical Data Overview

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By John R. Laird Jr, MD

The IN.PACT SFA Trial is a level 1 clinical evidence trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the IN.PACT™ Admiral™ drug-coated balloon (DCB; Medtronic plc) versus standard percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) for the treatment of superficial femoral artery (SFA) and proximal popliteal artery lesions. The IN.PACT Global Study is a single-arm study that reflects a complex, real-world patient population. Both the IN.PACT SFA Trial and the IN.PACT Global Study were designed with utmost attention to clinical rigor, and each has a prospective, multicenter design. Although IN.PACT SFA is a randomized controlled trial and IN.PACT Global is a single-arm study, they both utilize adjudication of major adverse events, including target lesion and target vessel revascularizations, by independent clinical events committees. In the IN.PACT SFA Trial and the imaging cohort of the IN.PACT Global Study, there is also interpretation of target lesion restenosis by independent core laboratories (blinded in the IN.PACT SFA Trial), as well as external monitoring (Table 1). The 12-month data from the IN.PACT SFA Trial were recently published, and 12-month data from the first 655 enrolled IN.PACT Global Study patients were presented at the Vascular Interventional Advances conference this past November.

The primary efficacy endpoint for IN.PACT SFA was primary patency (defined as freedom from clinically driven target lesion revascularization (CD-TLR) and duplex ultrasound (DUS)-derived restenosis (peak systolic velocity ratio [PSVR] ≤ 2.4) at 12 months. For IN.PACT Global, the primary efficacy endpoint in the clinical cohort is freedom from CD-TLR within 12 months. In the imaging cohort of the IN.PACT Global Study, the primary efficacy endpoint is primary patency within 12 months, defined as freedom from CD-TLR and freedom from restenosis as determined by DUS PSVR ≤ 2.4. Both studies were analyzed with a composite safety endpoint defined as 30-day freedom from device- and procedure-related mortality and 12-month freedom from major target limb amputation and clinically driven target vessel revascularization (CD-TVR).

Select baseline, lesion, and procedural characteristics of the patients who were treated in the two studies are shown in Table 2.


Compared to the IN.PACT SFA Trial, the first 655 subjects enrolled in the IN.PACT Global Study tended to have higher Rutherford classification scores, longer lesions, greater involvement of the popliteal artery, and included patients with in-stent restenosis* (ISR) (Figure 1). ISR is a very important potential application for DCBs. The IN.PACT Global Study included a large number of femoropopliteal ISR lesions (21.4% in the first 655 subjects) and will provide important data regarding this challenging clinical problem.


Figure 2 shows a Kaplan-Meier analysis of primary patency in the DCB-treated and PTA-treated arms of the IN.PACT SFA Trial. At 360 days, 89.8% of patients in the DCB group achieved primary patency compared to 66.8% who underwent standard PTA (P < .001).

Table 3 compares safety and efficacy outcomes at 12 months in the two arms of the IN.PACT SFA Trial. The data indicate significant improvement in most outcomes for the DCB arm as compared to the PTA arm in the IN.PACT SFA Trial. The results of DCB use in IN.PACT SFA are remarkably good, despite the fact that lesions were longer (mean lesion length, 8.9 cm) in this trial than in previous randomized DCB trials. The most striking finding from IN.PACT SFA was the remarkably low CD-TLR rate (2.4%), which is lower than those reported in any previous SFA device trial.

Outcomes from the first 655 patients enrolled in the IN.PACT Global Study are also presented in Table 3. The 12-month safety and efficacy outcomes from these subjects confirm the safety and effectiveness of IN.PACT Admiral in a complex, real-world patient population and reinforce the excellent outcomes from IN.PACT SFA. The CD-TLR rate was only 8.7%, despite the inclusion of longer and more complex lesions, with 14.5% patients at Rutherford classification > 3. The CD-TLR rate in the IN.PACT Global Study compares very favorably with the TLR rate seen in previous device trials (DCB, stent, atherectomy) that included shorter and less complex lesions.

The patients were predefined by sex in subgroups that were analyzed in the IN.PACT SFA Trial. The primary safety, primary effectiveness, and CD-TLR outcomes for these subgroups are shown in Table 4. The results of an interaction analysis indicate that the treatment differences between the IN.PACT Admiral DCB and PTA groups are consistent between men and women. This occurred despite the historically worse outcomes of endovascular procedures in women. These findings are particularly important because another DCB trial (LEVANT 2), failed to show a benefit of DCB use in women who were treated with the Lutonix device (Bard Peripheral Vascular).


The IN.PACT SFA Trial was a well-conducted, large, prospective, randomized trial that confirmed the benefits of the IN.PACT Admiral DCB compared to standard PTA for patients with disease in the SFA and proximal popliteal arteries. Twelve-month primary patency was excellent, and there was an extremely low rate of CD-TLR. The IN.PACT Global Study has added to our understanding regarding the effectiveness of DCBs for more complex lesions often seen in real-world clinical practice. The 12-month outcomes on the first 655 subjects confirm the safety and effectiveness of IN.PACT Admiral in a complex, real-world patient population and reinforce the excellent outcomes from IN.PACT SFA.

John R. Laird Jr, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the Vascular Center, University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. He has disclosed that he is a consultant to and an advisory board member for Bard, Abbott, Boston Scientific, Covidien, and Medtronic plc. He also receives research support for Gore & Associates. Dr. Laird may be reached at (916) 734-2028; john.laird@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu.


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