Screening for Occult Cancer in Patients With Unprovoked Venous Thromboembolism: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Individual Patient Data

Annals of Internal Medicine

10 studies (n=2,316) found a 12 month prevalence of cancer after VTE of 5.2%. The point prevalence of cancer was higher in those with extensive screening vs limited screening initially (OR 2.0, 95% CI 1.2 to 3.4), but not at 12 months (OR 1.4, 95% CI 0.89 to 2.1).

 

Effects of Anticoagulants in Patients With Cirrhosis and Portal Vein Thrombosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Gastroenterology

Review of 8 studies (n=353) found that more patients given anticoagulants underwent portal vein thrombosis recanalization vs no treatment (71% vs 42%, p<0.0001). There was no difference in major or minor bleeding in the 6 studies that reported this.

 

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Bleeding-related hospital admissions and 30-day readmissions in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation treated with dabigatran versus warfarin

Journal of Thrombosis and Haemastasis

Dabigatran vs warfarin, was associated with comparable incidence of first hospital admission (incidence rate ratio, 0.92; 95% CI, 0.66-1.28) but higher risk of 30-day readmission with respect to bleeding (adjusted HR, 2.87; 95%CI, 1.10-7.43) in 51,946 Hong Kong patients with AF.

 

The management of antiplatelet therapy in acute coronary syndrome patients with thrombocytopenia: a clinical conundrum

European Heart Journal

In the absence of clinical guidance, this review discusses the evidence and proposes management strategies for antiplatelet therapy in patients with acute coronary syndrome and thrombocytopenia.

 

Rivaroxaban vs Warfarin Sodium in the Ultra-Early Period After Atrial Fibrillation–Related Mild Ischemic Stroke A Randomized Clinical Trial

JAMA Neurology

This RCT (n=195) reports in patients with mild acute ischaemic stroke and AF, new ischaemic lesions or intracranial haemorrhage (noted on MRI imaging) after 4 weeks occurred in 49.5% of patients receiving rivaroxaban v 54.5% receiving warfarin (nonsignificant difference, p=0.49).

 

Long-term mortality and prehospital tirofiban treatment in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction

Heart
Subgroup analysis of the On-TIME 2 trial (n=984) found that baseline N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide level predicted long-term mortality. In those with high levels, early prehospital treatment with tirofiban significantly reduced 30-day and 1-year mortality vs placebo.

 

Factor VIII medicines: no clear and consistent evidence of difference in risk of inhibitor development between classes

European Medicines Agency

The European Medicines Agency has concluded there is no clear evidence of a difference in risk of inhibitor development between recombinant factor VIII medicines and those derived from plasma. The risk of inhibitor development should be evaluated individually for each medicine.

 

 

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Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) confirms its previous conclusion on risk of inhibitor development with factor VIII medicines

European Medicines Agency

The PRAC has confirmed its previous conclusion that there is no clear and consistent evidence of a difference in the incidence of inhibitor development between the two classes of factor VIII medicines: plasma-derived and made with recombinant DNA technology.

 

 

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Guided de-escalation of antiplatelet treatment in patients with acute coronary syndrome undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (TROPICAL-ACS): a randomised, open-label, multicentre trial

The Lancet

Guided de-escalation of antiplatelet therapy (one week prasugrel then one week clopidogrel, followed by maintenance treatment dictated by platelet function testing) was non-inferior to 12 months prasugrel for net clinical benefit at one year (7% v 9%; HR 0.81; 95% CI 0.62-1.06]).

 

Dual Antithrombotic Therapy with Dabigatran after PCI in Atrial Fibrillation

New England Journal of Medicine

In patients with AF who had undergone PCI (n= 2725), dabigatran (110 mg or 150 mg bd) plus P2Y12 inhibitor (clopidogrel or ticagrelor) resulted in risk of major or clinically relevant non-major bleeding events that was significantly lower than risk with warfarin triple therapy.

 

Rivaroxaban with or without Aspirin in Stable Cardiovascular Disease

New England Journal of Medicine

In patients with stable atherosclerotic vascular disease (n=27,395), rivaroxaban (2.5 mg bd) plus aspirin led to better CV outcomes but more major bleeding events vs aspirin. Rivaroxaban (5 mg bd) did not result in better CV outcomes vs aspirin and more major bleeding events.

 

A multifaceted intervention to improve treatment with oral anticoagulants in atrial fibrillation (IMPACT-AF): an international, cluster-randomised trial

The Lancet

Educational intervention (providers and patients, with regular monitoring and feedback), aimed to improve use of oral anticoagulation in patients with AF, resulted in an increase in patients treated with oral anticoagulants (68% to 80%) vs usual care (64% to 67%).

 

Bivalirudin versus Heparin Monotherapy in Myocardial Infarction

New England Journal of Medicine

This Swedish registry-based study (n=6006) reports among patients undergoing PCI for MI, the rate of the composite of death from any cause, MI, or major bleeding was similar among those who received bivalirudin vs heparin monotherapy (12.3% vs 12.8%, HR 0.96; p=0.54).

 

 

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FDA grants priority review to licensing application for haemophilia drug emicizumab

Reuters Health

Roche said submission is based on positive data from phase 3 study in adolescents/adults with haemophilia A with inhibitors (IHs) and interim phase III results in children. It said ~30% patients develop IHs limiting treatment options and increasing risk of life-threatening bleeds.

 

NIHR Signal: Drug reduces deaths from bleeding after childbirth

National Institute for Health Research Signal

Expert commentary is provided for an RCT (20,600 women with post-partum haemorrhage) which found that IV tranexamic acid reduced the risk of death from bleeding vs placebo. The challenge is to promptly implement the early use of tranexamic acid into best practice.

 

Predicting major bleeding in patients with noncardioembolic stroke on antiplatelets. S2TOP-BLEED

Neurology

A prediction model for major bleeding in patients with a TIA or ischaemic stroke on antiplatelets was developed following review of data from 6 RCTs. Authors claim that the S2TOP-BLEED score had a reasonable external validation but slightly underestimated the major bleeding risk.

 

 

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Resubmission of licence application for andexanet alfa accepted by the FDA

Biospace Inc.

The resubmission contains supplementary information that had been requested by the FDA. Andexanet alfa is a factor Xa inhibitor reversal agent. In December 2016, following a market authorisation application. In the EU additional data from the manufacturers had also been requested.

 

Update on antithrombotic therapy after percutaneous coronary revascularisation

The Lancet

This article, the third in a Series of three about percutaneous coronary intervention, provides an update on antithrombotic therapy after percutaneous coronary revascularisation, discussing current available evidence and how to integrate these findings into clinical decisions.

 

 

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Disease understanding in patients newly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation

Heart

Survey analysis (1,004 responses) found that about half of patients with new-onset atrial fibrillation understood the benefits of anticoagulation at the time of diagnosis and understanding improved over the first 6 months. Authors suggest a need for more ongoing patient education.

 

New product: Inhixa (enoxaparin biosimilar) solution for injection in prefilled syringe

electronic Medicines compendium

Inhixa (first enoxaparin biosimilar launched in the UK) is licensed for the same indications as Clexane® and is available in the following strengths: 2,000 IU (20mg) in 0.2mL, 4,000 IU (40mg) in 0.4mL, 6,000 IU (60mg) in 0.6mL, 8,000 IU (80mg) in 0.8mL, 10,000 IU (100mg) in 1mL.

 

Impact of design of coronary stents and length of dual antiplatelet therapies on ischaemic and bleeding events: a network meta-analysis of 64 randomized controlled trials and 102 735 patients

European Heart Journal

Rates of major adverse CV events were similar in all treatment arms, but some secondary outcomes varied by stent type. Prolonged dual antiplatelet therapy was linked to lower MI incidence in patients with an everolimus/zotarolimus-eluting stent but a higher bleeding rate.

 

 

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Tenecteplase versus alteplase for management of acute ischaemic stroke (NOR-TEST): a phase 3, randomised, open-label, blinded endpoint trial

The Lancet Neurology

In patients with acute stroke, achievement of an excellent functional outcome (modified Rankin Scale score 0–1) at 3 months was similar for tenecteplase (64%) and alteplase (63%). Further trials are needed to establish whether tenecteplase is non-inferior to alteplase.

 

Non-vitamin-K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in people with atrial fibrillation: commissioning support

Midlands Therapeutics Review and Advisory Committee

Commissioners should ensure robust processes/local initiatives are in place to identify patients with AF at increased risk of stroke, and a record made of decision whether or not to proceed with treatment. They should refer to NICE CG 180 and range of decision support tools.

 

Predictors of pre-procedural concentrations of direct oral anticoagulants: a prospective multicentre study

European Heart Journal

In trial of 422 DOAC-treated patients requiring invasive procedure, last dose of DOAC 3 days before procedure resulted in minimal pre-procedural anticoagulant effect for almost all patients. Moderate renal impairment and antiarrhythmics should result in longer DOAC interruption.

 

Drug Trial Snapshots: Bevyxxa (betrixaban)

US Food and Drug Administration

This Drug Trials Snapshot is intended as a tool for consumers to use when discussing risks/benefits of betrixaban for the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in hospitalised adults at risk for developing VTE. The FDA approval was based on evidence from one clinical trial.

 

Mechanical versus bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement

European Heart Journal

Review notes main reason to opt for bioprosthesis is to avoid lifelong anticoagulation (AC) which has resulted in increase in use of bioprosthetic as opposed to mechanical valves. Currently, there is not enough evidence to support routine AC after bioprosthetic valve implantation.

 

Direct Healthcare Professional Communication: Clexane (enoxaparin sodium): Updates to strength expression, dose regimens in DVT/PE, use in patients with severe renal impairment

Sanofi UK

Product information has been harmonised in EU. Strength will now be expressed both in IU of anti-Xa activity and in mg. Treatment dose for DVT/PE has been clarified. Use in end stage renal disease (creatinine clearance <15 ml/min) is not recommended outside haemodialysis setting.

 

Shortage of enoxaparin injection: alternative treatment options

Specialist Pharmacy Service

In light of current shortage of enoxaparin injection (all strengths), a table of licensed low molecular weight heparins has been drawn up to compare/contrast key prescribing parameters and a section on DOACs included to highlight where they could be used in certain settings.

 

Antiphospholipid syndrome and pregnancy: Pathogenesis to translation

Arthritis & Rheumatology

Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune condition linked with thrombosis and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Review discusses abnormal placental development, prediction of adverse pregnancy outcomes in APS and SLE, and potential targets to prevent obstetric APS.

 

Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

New England Journal of Medicine

Subarachnoid hemorrhage without preceding trauma is caused by rupture of an intracranial aneurysm in 80% of cases. This review discusses signs /symptoms, evaluation, medical interventions to reduce risk of rupture, treatment of ruptured cerebral aneurysms and of complications.

 

Duration of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy in Patients with an Acute Coronary Syndrome Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

American Journal of Medicine

Meta-analysis of 8 trials (n=12,917) found no significant difference in CV mortality/MI/major bleeding between shortterm and 12-month/extended dual antiplatelet therapy (eDAPT).However, 12-month DAPT showed significantly higher risk of MI but reduced major bleeding risk vs. eDAPT.

 

 

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Comparative table of low molecular weight heparins

Specialist Pharmacy Service

In light of current shortage of enoxaparin injection (all strengths), this table of the licensed low molecular weight heparins has been drawn up to compare/contrast key prescribing parameters.

 

Coagulopathy and haemorrhagic progression in traumatic brain injury: advances in mechanisms, diagnosis, and management

The Lancet Neurology

This Series paper explores current understanding of clinical course and underlying mechanisms of coagulopathy in traumatic brain injury. Management strategies are reviewed, including traditional use of blood products and more novel approaches, as well as thrombosis prophylaxis.

 

Idarucizumab for Dabigatran Reversal — Full Cohort Analysis

New England Journal of Medicine

Final analysis from RE-VERSE AD (n=510) reported that the primary endpoint, reversal of the anticoagulant effect of dabigatran within four hours as measured by diluted thrombin time and ecarin clotting time, was observed in 100% of patients (95% CI, 100-100).

 

Revised SPC: Xarelto (rivaroxaban) film coated tablets (all strengths)

electronic Medicines Compendium

Serious skin reactions, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, have been reported. The highest risk appears to be early in the course of therapy. Treatment should be discontinued at the first appearance of a severe skin rash.

 

Initial anticoagulation in patients with pulmonary embolism: thrombolysis, unfractionated heparin, LMWH, fondaparinux, or DOACs?

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

This article gives an overview of the biophysical, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of anticoagulants currently available for the initial management of PE including low molecular weight heparins and direct oral anticoagulants.

 

 

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Low-Molecular-Weight Heparin and the Relative Risk of Surgical Site Bleeding Complications: Results of a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials of Venous Thromboprophylaxis in Patients After Total Joint Arthroplasty

Journal of Arthroplasty

Review of 45 RCTs (n= 56,730) found low-molecular-weight heparin had increased relative risk (RR) of surgical site bleeding vs. control (2.32; 95% CI, 1.40-3.85), warfarin (1.54; 1.23-1.94), and dabigatran (4.38; 1.53-12.57). There was trend towards increased risk vs. apixaban.

 

U.S. FDA grants priority review of rivaroxaban supplemental new drug application for 10 mg dose to reduce risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE)

Biospace Inc.

Application is for use of 10 mg once-daily dose to reduce risk of VTE after ≥6 months of standard anticoagulation and is based on data from EINSTEIN CHOICE study which found 2 doses of rivaroxaban (10 mg and 20 mg) to be superior to aspirin in reducing risk of recurrent VTE.

 

Risk for Major Bleeding in Patients Receiving Ticagrelor Compared with Aspirin After TIA or Acute Ischemic Stroke in the SOCRATES Study

Circulation

Review of the SOCRATES study found that bleeds occurred in 0.5% of patients on ticagrelor and 0.6% of patients on aspirin (HR 0.83 95% CI 0.52 to 1.34). Intracranial haemorrhage was reported in 0.2% of patients on ticagrelor and 0.3% on aspirin.

 

Benefits and Risks of Antithrombotic Therapy in Essential Thrombocythemia: A Systematic Review

Annals of Internal Medicine

No RCTs were identified. Review of 24 observational studies (n=6153) noted no extractable data on anticoagulants, lack of uniform bleeding definitions, and systematic reporting of outcomes, thus risk–benefit ratio of antiplatelets in essential thrombocythemia is highly uncertain.

 

Conference report- Assessing the risk-benefit of anticoagulants in elderly patients with cancer-associated venous thromboembolism: a population based study

Biospace Inc.

Population-based retrospective cohort study found use of anticoagulants in patients ≥65 years with cancer-related thrombosis results in higher mortality if they develop major bleeding (MB) compared to venous thromboembolic event [VTE] (7-day mortality rate:0.5% VTE vs. 11% MB).

 

Conference report: Emicizumab showed positive results in phase III studies (HAVEN 1 and HAVEN 2) in haemophilia A with inhibitors

Biospace Inc.

HAVEN 1 showed statistically significant reduction in bleed rate of 87% (risk rate 0.13, p<0.0001) with emicizumab prophylaxis vs. on-demand treatment with bypassing agents. HAVEN 2 study noted after 12 weeks, 1 of 19 children on emicizumab reported a treated bleed.

 

FDA approves betrixiban (BevyxXa) for preventing blood clots in hospitalised patients

PharmaTimes

The US approval was based on findings of the APEX Study (n=7513), which found that betrixiban reduced incidence of DVT and PE vs enoxaparin (4.4% vs 6.0%) with no significant increase in major bleeding (0.67% vs. 0.57%).

 

 

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