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Saturday, 01 October 2016 07:47

Anticoagulation news items. Weeks commencing 26th September 2016

Early real-world evidence of persistence on oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in non-valvular atrial fibrillation: a cohort study in UK primary care


Study (n=15,242) found observed differential prescribing of oral anticoagulants (OACs) can result in channeling bias in comparative effectiveness research.
Persistence patterns changed over follow-up time, apixaban had improved persistence rates vs. other OACs.


Management and outcomes of vaginal bleeding and heavy menstrual bleeding in women of reproductive age on direct oral anti-factor Xa inhibitor therapy: a case series

The Lancet Haematology

Study (n=57, with 72 vaginal bleeding events) found vaginal bleeding, particularly heavy menstrual bleeding, is a common complication in women of reproductive age on direct oral factor Xa inhibitor therapy. Most cases can be treated conservatively.


BMJ investigation finds manufacturer failed to disclose faulty device in ROCKET AF trial of rivaroxaban

British Medical Journal

Investigation found companies were aware of concerns about faulty INRatio device, which could have put participants at unnecessary risk. It asks whether regulatory investigations could have been avoided, who was informed, FDA's concerns, and whether trial results can be trusted.


Does tranexamic acid improve outcomes in traumatic brain injury?

British Medical Journal

Review notes efficacy/safety is uncertain, although RCTs are under way. It suggests intracranial bleeding could be reduced but risk of cerebral thrombosis and
ischaemia might increase with treatment. It does not support use in routine clinical practice unless RCTs show benefit.


Novel oral anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation

British Medical Journal

Editorial notes use has proved to be highly variable in patients most at risk, (4%-70% in different areas in England), which may partly be due to clinical
uncertainty about balance of benefit to harm, and which cannot be resolved until independent scrutiny of key trial data.


New oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation: Infographic

Pharmaceutical Journal

This infographic covers the anticoagulant effect of these agents, the slow rise of prescribing, the individual agents, and deciding which one to prescribe.


Bivalirudin or unfractionated heparin in patients with acute coronary syndromes managed invasively with and without ST elevation (MATRIX): randomised controlled trial

British Medical Journal

RCT (n=7123) found a bivalirudin monotherapy strategy vs. heparin with or without glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors, did not result in reduced major adverse
cardiovascular events or net adverse clinical events in patients with or without ST segment elevation.


Valvular heart disease and pregnancy: management of prosthetic valves


This review discusses the pregnancy risks in women with prosthetic heart valves, strategies for anticoagulation in women with mechanical heart valves, and the management of complications.



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