Efficacy and safety of vernakalant in patients with atrial flutter: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
INTRODUCTION Intravenous vernakalant (Brinavess) has been developed and approved in Europe as a safe and efficacious drug to rapidly convert recent onset atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm in patients with no minimal or structural heart disease. AREAS COVERED The pharmacology of vernakalant and the pivotal Phase II and III clinical trials undertaken during its development are discussed with regard to safety and efficacy. An extensive PubMed search was used to identify suitable papers. EXPERT OPINION As yet, there is no evidence of benefit over and above intravenous flecainide or propafenone for patients in whom vernakalant has a class 1a recommendation. As such, it is likely to be most useful in centres where only amiodarone is available.