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MK-0616 (Oral PCSK9 Inhibitor) Cardiovascular Outcomes Study (MK-0616-015) CORALreef Outcomes

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Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)

Status and phase

Phase 3




Drug: Placebo
Drug: MK-0616

Study type


Funder types



2022-502781-24 (Other Identifier)
jRCT2071230064 (Registry Identifier)

Details and patient eligibility


This is a phase 3, randomized, placebo-controlled study of the efficacy and safety of MK-0616, an oral proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor, in participants with high cardiovascular risk. The primary objective is to evaluate the efficacy of MK-0616 compared with placebo in increasing the time to the first occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) including coronary heart disease (CHD) death, ischemic stroke, myocardial infarction (MI), acute limb ischemia or major amputation, or urgent arterial revascularization.


14,550 estimated patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

Meets one of the following:

  • Age ≥18 years with a history of a major atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) event defined as at least 1 of the following: ≥30 days post MI (presumed Type 1 due to plaque rupture or erosion); ≥30 days post ischemic stroke (presumed due to atherosclerosis); or ≥30 days post successful peripheral (carotid or lower extremity) arterial revascularization (surgical or endovascular) or major (ankle or above) amputation due to atherosclerosis; or
  • High risk for first major ASCVD event defined as at least 1 of the following: Age ≥50 years with evidence of coronary artery disease; Age ≥50 years with evidence of atherosclerotic cerebrovascular disease; Age ≥50 years with evidence of peripheral arterial disease; or Age ≥60 years with diabetes mellitus and at least one of the following: microvascular disease or urine albumin-creatinine ratio ≥30 mg/mmol within 6 months before Visit 1, daily insulin use, or diabetes for ≥10 years

Has fasted lipid values (evaluated by the Central Laboratory) at Visit 1 (Screening) as follows:

  • History of major ASCVD Event: LDL-C ≥70 mg/dL (1.81 mmol/L) OR non-HDL-C ≥100 mg/dL (2.59 mmol/L)
  • High risk for first major ASCVD Event: LDL-C ≥90 mg/dL (2.33 mmol/L) OR non-HDL-C ≥120 mg/dL (3.11 mmol/L)
  • Is treated with moderate- or high-intensity statin (± nonstatin lipid-lowering therapy [LLT]) at Visit 1
  • Is on a stable dose of all background LLTs (including statin and nonstatin agents) for at least 30 days before Visit 1 (Screening) with no medication or dose changes planned during the participation in the study

Exclusion criteria

  • Has a history of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) based on genetic or clinical criteria, compound heterozygous FH, or double heterozygous FH
  • Has New York Heart Association Class IV heart failure, last known Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction ≤25% by any imaging method, or had a Heart Failure hospitalization within 3 months before Visit 1 (Screening)
  • Has recurrent ventricular tachycardia within 3 months prior to randomization
  • Has a planned arterial revascularization procedure
  • Is undergoing or previously underwent an LDL-C apheresis program within 3 months before Visit 1 (Screening) or plans to initiate an LDL-C apheresis program
  • Was previously treated/is being treated with certain other cholesterol lowering medications, including protein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors without adequate washout.
  • Has a fasting triglyceride value ≥400 mg/dL (≥4.52 mmol/L) at Visit 1 (Screening)
  • Has history of severe renal insufficiency defined as estimated glomerular filtration rate <30 mL/min/1.73 m2 at Visit 1 (Screening) or has end-stage renal disease on dialysis.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Triple Blind

14,550 participants in 2 patient groups, including a placebo group

Experimental group
Participants receive MK-0616 20 mg once daily.
Drug: MK-0616
Placebo Comparator group
Participants receive placebo once daily.
Drug: Placebo

Trial contacts and locations



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