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Fourth NOAC FDA Approved for DVT, PE and Atrial Fibrillation: Savaysa (Edoxaban)

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Stephan Moll, MD writes…. Today (Jan 8th, 2015) the FDA approved yet another new oral anticoagulant, Savaysa (edoxaban), for the treatment of DVT and PE, as well as for atrial fibrillation. The FDA press release  is here (link).  Savaysa is the 4th of the NOACS now approved for VTE treatment. This table summarizes the differences, advantages and disadvantages comparing the 4 drugs. The detailed drug package insert with dosing information is here (link). Read the rest of this entry »

Fascinating New “Anticoagulant”: It Protects from VTE, but Does Not Increase Bleeding

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Stephan Moll, MD writes (on Dec 8th, 2014)… A publication this week in the New England Journal of Medicine reports on an investigational drug that protects patients from VTE without increasing the risk of bleeding [reference below]. Too good to be true? Possibly, but may be not. Additional studies will have to tell. Read the rest of this entry »

Antidotes for the New Oral Anticoagulants: Update

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Stephan Moll, MD writes (on Nov 7th, 2014)… A N Engl J Med publication this week [ref 1] reports on a new reversal agent (PER977 = Aripazine = ciraparantag) that may be effective against a number of different new oral anticoagulants. Read the rest of this entry »

Aspirin Decreases Recurrent DVT and PE

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Stephan Moll, MD writes… Aspirin is beneficial in preventing recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients who have had a previous episode of unprovoked VTE and who have been treated with anticoagulant therapy, a publication in the journal Circulation re-confirms this week: Aspirin reduces the risk of recurrent VTE by more than a third without significantly increasing the risk of bleeding [ref 1].  This publication does not report results of a new study, but is rather a further analysis of the previously published WARFASA and ASPIRE aspirin trials [ref 2,3]. Read the rest of this entry »

Pradaxa (Dabigatran) FDA-Approved for DVT and PE

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Stephan Moll, MD writes…  Today the FDA approved Pradaxa (dabigatran) for the treatment of venous thromboembolism, based on the phase 3 RECOVER and RECOVER II trials.  The dose is 150 mg twice daily for patients with a GFR > 30 ml/min.  Due to the design of the RECOVER and RECOVER II trials, the drug is approved to be used in the patient with acute DVT or PE only AFTER 5-10 days of a parenteral anticoagulant have been given –  not immediately from day zero onwards.   The full package insert is here.  The press release from Boehringer-Ingelheim is here.   The FDA approval status of the four big new oral anticoagulants for the various indications is summarized  in this table.

 

Disclosures:  I have been a consultant for Boehringer-Ingelheim,  Daiichi, and Janssen.

Last updated:  April 7th, 2014