Friday, 15 June 2018 17:27

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 11th June 2018

Antithrombotic Therapy for Peripheral Artery Disease in 2018

Journal of the American Medical Association

This article, form the US perspective, reviews current evidence and makes recommendations on antithrombotic therapy in patients with or without ischaemic limb symptoms, as well as in patients with or without manifest coronary or cerebrovascular disease.


Can small volume intramuscular injections be given to patients taking oral anticoagulants?

Specialist Pharmacy Service

Q+A notes most of published studies relate to IM influenza vaccination in patients on older anticoagulants. Data are limited and some findings are contradictory. There is very little published information about the risks of adverse effects with DOACs and IM injections.


Venous thromboembolism after induced abortion: a population-based, propensity-score-matched cohort study in Canada

The Lancet Haematology

Study (n= 176,001 matched to 880,005 non-pregnant) found 42-day risk of venous thromboembolism after induced abortion is double that of matched non-pregnant woman (30.1 v. 13.5/100,000; HR 2.23, 95% CI, 1.61–3.08), but is significantly lower than after livebirth (0.16; 0.12–0.22).


Roche introduces CoaguChek Vantus system with built in Bluetooth® technology in US

Biospace Inc.

Roche says this is first self-testing device for coagulation monitoring with built in Bluetooth technology. Patients can use tablet/smartphone with compatible app to send results via wireless connectivity, enabling healthcare providers to receive patients' INR results.



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