Saturday, 16 December 2017 09:24

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 11th December 2017

Edoxaban for the Treatment of Cancer-Associated Venous Thromboembolism

New England Journal of Medicine

RCT (n=1046) found edoxaban was non-inferior to dalteparin given for 6-12 months in terms of composite of recurrent VTE or major bleeding during 12 months after randomisation (12.8% for edoxaban vs 13.5% for dalteparin (HR 0.97; P=0.006 for noninferiority).


Meta-analysis of safety and efficacy for direct oral anticoagulation treatment of non-valvular atrial fibrillation in relation to renal function

Thrombosis Reasearch

Analysis of five RCTs comparing DOACs to warfarin in atrial fibrillation (n=72,608) found stroke risk was lower with DOACs than warfarin in both mild (RR 0.79; 95% CI 0.68–0.91) and moderate (0.80, 0.69–0.92) renal impairment, with no major differences in normal renal function.


Vitamin K antagonists versus low‐molecular‐weight heparin for the long term treatment of symptomatic venous thromboembolism

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

There were no clear differences between low-molecular weight heparin (LMWH) and vitamin K antagonists (VKA) in preventing symptomatic VTE /death after a DVT episode. There were also no clear differences in bleeding episodes when only high-quality studies were considered.



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