Friday, 03 August 2018 17:24

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 30th July 2018

A systematic review of the efficacy of aspirin monotherapy versus other antiplatelet therapy regimens in peripheral arterial disease

Journal of Vascular Surgery

Review of 14 studies (10 RCTs) found that dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) reduces rates of major adverse cardiac events, major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events, and mortality compared with use of mono APT after revascularisation in peripheral arterial disease.


Rates of Overtreatment and Treatment-Related Adverse Effects Among Patients With Subsegmental Pulmonary Embolism

JAMA Internal Medicine

Restrospective review (single centre, n=1,408) found that almost all isolated subsegmental pulmonary embolisms (SSPEs) were anticoagulated with a similar frequency to more proximal embolisms and that treatment was associated with harm (e.g. bleeding).


Antithrombotic Therapy in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation Treated With Oral Anticoagulation Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A North American Perspective–2018 Update


On the basis of pivotal clinical trials this group recommended that a DOAC be preferred over a vitamin K antagonist as the oral anticoagulant of choice. This document provides a focused update on the rationale for the new expert consensus–derived recommendations.


CHMP negative opinion: Dexxience (betrixaban) for the prevention of venous thromboembolism

European Medicines Agency

A previous negative opinion was confirmed after re-examination. The CHMP considered that the study did not satisfactorily show efficacy when used for preventing blood clots in patients admitted to hospital for recent medical illness. Also, those given betrixaban had more bleeding.


CHMP positive opinion: Xarelto (rivaroxaban) licence extension

European Medicines Agency

The license extension is for use (as 2.5mg tablets in combination with aspirin) for the prevention of atherothrombotic events in adult patients with coronary artery disease or symptomatic peripheral artery disease at high risk of ischaemic events.




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