FFPAs based solely on glycoprotein-IIb/IIIa inhibition, such as FFTEG or EXTEM-ABC, are less effective than cytochalasin D-based assays, such as FIBTEM or FIBTEM-S, at inhibiting the platelet component of clot strength. The FIBTEM PLUS assay, and the combination of FIBTEM and abciximab, sufficiently inhibits platelet contribution to clot elasticity. The combination of a glycoprotein-IIb/IIIa receptor blocker and cytochalasin D allows evaluation of functional fibrinogen polymerization without platelet "noise." In a clinical setting, the significance of potent platelet inhibition ensures a more accurate assessment of MCF and therefore the need for fibrinogen supplementation therapy. Further studies are necessary to investigate the application and impact of these tests in a clinical situation.