The cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2C9 R150H (*8) allele occurs commonly in African Americans and is associated with lower warfarin dose requirements. We conducted a pharmacokinetic study to examine whether the CYP2C9*8 allele impacts warfarin clearance in African-American patients. We also conducted an in vitro kinetic study of S-warfarin 7-hydroxylation using complementary DNA (cDNA)-expressed CYP2C9 enzymes. We observed a 30% reduction in the unbound oral clearance of S-warfarin and a 25% lower R- to S-warfarin plasma concentration ratio in patients with the CYP2C9*8 allele (n = 12) as compared to CYP2C9*1 homozygotes (n = 26). Consistent with these findings, the in vitro intrinsic clearance of S-warfarin was 30% lower with the cDNA-expressed R150H protein as compared to the wild-type protein. These data show that the R150H variant protein expressed by the CYP2C9*8 allele is associated with lower S-warfarin clearance. This finding provides clinical and experimental evidence to explain the lower warfarin dose requirements in patients with the CYP2C9*8 allele.