Friday, 27 November 2020 21:45

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 23rd November 2020

The Use of Therapeutic-Dose Anticoagulation and Its Effect on Mortality in Patients With COVID-19: A Systematic Review

Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis
Of 8 studies in review, 3 retrospective cohort studies reported reduction in mortality rate, while 5 other studies showed no mortality benefits in this population. There was slight tendency toward reduction in mortality rate among mechanically-ventilated patients with COVID-19.


Safety of direct oral anticoagulant exposure during pregnancy: a retrospective cohort study

The Lancet Haematology
Study (n=1,193 reports of exposure, mean duration 5.3 weeks) finds that although reports are missing important details & predominantly describe rivaroxaban exposures, available data do not suggest direct oral anticoagulant exposure in pregnancy carries a high risk of embryopathy.


Diagnosis, Management, and Pathophysiology of Arterial and Venous Thrombosis in COVID-19

Journal of the American Medical Association
Review summarises pathophysiology underlying thrombotic diathesis characteristic of acute covid-19 infection and recommendations for prevention, diagnosis & management of complications e.g. acute myocardial infarction, ischaemic stroke, and venous thromboembolism.


Pharmacist-led atrial fibrillation case finding programme prevents an estimated 90 strokes

Pharmaceutical Journal
Following the pharmacist-led programme, Quality Outcomes Framework results for 2019–2020 across 23 CCGs showed an encouraging increase in the rate of anticoagulation of 3.45% in those with a record of a CHA2DS2-VASc score of ≥ 2 vs. 1.38% for all other CCGs across England.


Major bleeding risk associated with oral anticoagulant in real clinical practice. A multicentre 3‐year period population‐based prospective cohort study

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Study (n=47,469) found high and low‐dose DOACs linked to reduced risk of intracranial haemorrhage (aHR 0.55, 95% CI 0.37–0.82 & 0.54, 0.26–1.12 respectively), and reduced risk of other major bleeding events, irrespective of duration and indication, vs. vitamin K antagonists.


Direct oral anticoagulants: evidence and unresolved issues

The Lancet
In this Therapeutics paper, the authors review pharmacology, the evidence that led to approval and incorporation into treatment guidelines, key unresolved issues, and future perspectives for the development of oral anticoagulants.



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