Friday, 05 January 2018 19:32

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 2nd January 2018

Eltrombopag receives breakthrough designation in US for first line use in severe aplastic anaemia

Reuters Health

Eltrombopag is currently licensed in the UK for severe aplastic anaemia in patients who were either refractory to prior immunosuppressive therapy or heavily pretreated and are unsuitable for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation.


Telemonitoring-based feedback improves adherence to non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants intake in patients with atrial fibrillation

European Heart Journal

In small study (n=48), telemonitoring-only led to very high taking- and regimen-adherence (97.4 and 93.8% and respectively). Direct feedback further improved both to 99.0% and 96.8%. Observation without daily monitoring resulted in a significant waning of taking adherence (94.3%).


Antiplatelet therapy with aspirin, clopidogrel, and dipyridamole versus clopidogrel alone or aspirin and dipyridamole in patients with acute cerebral ischaemia (TARDIS): a randomised, open-label, phase 3 superiority trial

The Lancet

RCT (n=3096), which was stopped early, found 30 days of intensive antiplatelet therapy did not reduce incidence and severity of recurrent stroke or TIA in this population vs. guideline-based therapy, but did significantly increase risk of major bleeding.


FDA approves launch of betrixaban in US in January 2018

Biospace Inc.

Betrixaban is an oral once daily factor Xa inhibitor intended for use in patients who are at risk for thromboembolic complications due to moderate or severe restricted mobility and other risk factors for VTE. It is currently under review by the European Medicines Agency.


Early access to medicines scheme (EAMS) scientific opinion: emicizumab for routine prophylaxis of bleeding episodes in patients, aged 1 year and over, with haemophilia A with factor VIII inhibitors

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Positive scientific opinion issued to Roche Products Limited includes a public assessment report, and treatment protocols for healthcare professionals and patients, and on the pharmacovigilance system and background information for Medical Directors.


Urgent reversal of vitamin K antagonists

British Medical Journal

This practice article discusses the available options for urgent reversal of the anticoagulant effects of vitamin K antagonists (prothrombinase complex concentrate; vitamin K; fresh frozen plasma), including benefits and harms, administration, monitoring and cost-effectiveness.


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