Monday, 22 December 2014 14:11

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 15th December 2014

Outpatient versus inpatient treatment for acute pulmonary embolism

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Current very low quality evidence from one published RCT did not provide sufficient evidence to assess efficacy and safety of outpatient versus inpatient treatment for acute PE in overall mortality, bleeding and recurrence of PE adequately.


A Randomized Trial of Intraarterial Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke

New England Journal of Medicine

RCT (n=500) found intraarterial treatment (IAT) given within 6 hours after stroke led to shift in distribution of score on modified Rankin scale at 90 days vs. usual care in favour of IAT (OR 1.67; 95% CI, 1.21 to 2.30) and likewise in proportion who were functionally independent.


Biologics License Application submitted to FDA for recombinant Factor VIII (BAY 81-8973) for the treatment of haemophilia A in adults and children

Biospace Inc.

The submission was based on results from the LEOPOLD (Long-Term Efficacy Open-Label Program in Severe Hemophilia A Disease) clinical trials, which evaluated rFVIII administered in two-to-three-times-per-week prophylaxis dosing regimens.


Dabigatran etexilate for the treatment and secondary prevention of deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism – guidance (TA327)

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Dabigatran etexilate is recommended, within its marketing authorisation, as an option for treating and for preventing recurrent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in adults.


Clinical outcomes and management associated with major bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation treated with apixaban or warfarin: insights from the ARISTOTLE trial

European Heart Journal

In the ARISTOTLE study, major bleeds were associated with an increased risk of death, ischaemic stroke, or MI, especially following intracerebral haemorrhage. This risk was similarly elevated regardless of whether the patient was treated with apixaban or warfarin.



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