BRILINTA is indicated to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with acute ischemic stroke (NIH Stroke Scale Score ≤5) or high-risk transient ischemic attack (TIA).1


THALES was a randomized, international, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study to investigate dual antiplatelet therapy with BRILINTA (180-mg loading dose, 90 mg twice daily thereafter) and aspirin vs placebo and aspirin in the prevention of stroke or death in patients with acute ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (N=11,016). The primary end point was the first occurrence of the composite of stroke or death at 30 days. In both arms, patients received a loading dose of aspirin 300-325 mg followed by aspirin 75-100 mg once daily. Patients were ≥40 years of age, had mild-to-moderate acute noncardioembolic ischemic stroke (NIHSS score ≤5), or high-risk TIA (ABCD2 score ≥6 or symptomatic intracranial or extracranial arterial stenosis [≥50% narrowing in the diameter of the lumen of an artery that could account for the TIA]). Patients were randomized within 24 hours and treated for a median of 31 days.1,2

ABCD2=Age, Blood pressure, Clinical features, Duration of TIA, and Diabetes mellitus; AHA=American Heart Association; ASA=American Stroke Association; NIHSS=National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale; TIA=transient ischemic attack.

  1. BRILINTA® (ticagrelor) [package insert]. Wilmington, DE: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; 2021.
  2. Johnston SC, Amarenco P, Denison H, et al; for the THALES Investigators. Ticagrelor and aspirin or aspirin alone in acute ischemic stroke or TIA. N Engl J Med. 2020;383(3):207-217 and Supplementary Appendix.