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Friday, 04 December 2020 13:51

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 30th November 2020

Implementing point-of-care D-dimer tests for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

City Health Care Partnership CIC

NG158 recommends considering the use of POC D-dimer tests as an alternative to laboratory D-dimer tests. Since implementing the tests, the main advantage has been the reduction in time from the person presenting, to diagnosis and receiving treatment.

Bleeding risk with rivaroxaban compared with vitamin K antagonists in patients aged 80 years or older with atrial fibrillation

Heart
Prospective cohort study (n=1,903) found major bleeding was significantly lower with rivaroxaban as compared to use of vitamin K antagonists (7.4 vs 14.6 per 100 patient years, HR 0.66, 95% CI 0.43-0.99). This was largely driven by lower risk of intracerebral bleeding.

 

Inappropriate Prescriptions of Direct Oral Anticoagulants among Patients with Atrial Fibrillation in General Practice: a Cross-sectional Analysis of the French CACAO Cohort Study

British Journal of General Practice
In this analysis (n=438), 39.4% received at least one inappropriate DOAC prescription – mainly under-dosing (31.3%). Factors independently associated with under-dosing were older age, those with kidney failure, a higher risk for ischemic stroke and/or a higher risk for bleeding.

 

Differences in risk factors for anticoagulant‐related nephropathy between warfarin and direct oral anticoagulants: analysis of the Japanese Adverse Drug Event Report database

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
This short report describes research suggesting the risk factors for kidney injury in people using warfarin (male sex and age ≥80 years) were different to those in people using DOACs (weight ≥80 kg and use of dabigatran); these factors may be associated with bleeding risk.

 

 

The above records have been identified by UKMi and feature in the NICE Medicines Awareness Service. Further details on this service can be found at:

http://www.evidence.nhs.uk/about-evidence-services/content-and-sources/medicines-information/new-medicines-awareness-services