Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:00

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 26th October 2020

Association of Ticagrelor vs Clopidogrel With Net Adverse Clinical Events in Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Journal of the American Medical Association
Study (n=31,290 propensity matched pairs) reports the 1-yr risk of net adverse clinical events was not significantly different between ticagrelor and clopidogrel (15.1% [3484/23 116 person-years] vs 14.6% [3290/22 587 person-years]; hazard ratio, 1.05 [95% CI, 1.00-1.10]; p=.06).


Revised SPC: Alprolix (eftrenonacog alfa) powder and solvent for solution for injection

electronic Medicines compendium
Factor IX inhibition, hypersensitivity and Injection site erythema have been added as common adverse events.


Effect of Regional Citrate Anticoagulation vs Systemic Heparin Anticoagulation During Continuous Kidney Replacement Therapy on Dialysis Filter Life Span and Mortality Among Critically Ill Patients With Acute Kidney Injury: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Journal of the American Medical Association
In 596 critically ill patients, anticoagulation with regional citrate, increased filter life span vs systemic heparin anticoagulation (47 vs 27 hours) but the trial was underpowered to reach conclusions regarding mortality (90-day mortality 51.2% vs 53.6%).


Fibrosis, atrial fibrillation and stroke: clinical updates and emerging mechanistic models

Review outlines the clinical knowledge in this setting, alongside computational modelling frameworks which may provide a mechanistic understanding of the clinical problem of thromboembolisation.


Risk of post-thrombotic syndrome after deep vein thrombosis treated with rivaroxaban versus vitamin-K antagonists: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Thrombosis Research
Review (7 studies; n=2364) found that in comparison to vitamin-K antagonists, rivaroxaban has potential to reduce post-thrombotic syndrome events [OR 0.53, 95% CI: 0.43–0.65, p<0.00001], but well-designed studies with larger sample sizes are needed to corroborate these findings.


Clinical and budget impacts of changes in oral anticoagulation prescribing for atrial fibrillation

English study found that despite nearly one million additional DOAC prescriptions and substantial associated spending in the latter part of this study, the decline in AF-related stroke (fell by 11.3%) led to incremental savings (£289 per-patient) at the national level.


Tranexamic acid in patients with intracerebral haemorrhage (STOP-AUST): a multicentre, randomised, placebo-controlled, phase 2 trial

The Lancet Neurology
Study (n=100) does not provide evidence that tranexamic acid prevents intracerebral haemorrhage growth (occurred in 26 [52%] placebo vs. 22 [44%] tranexamic acid group; OR 0·72;95% CI 0·32–1·59, p=0.41), although treatment was safe with no increase in thromboembolic complications.


Anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation

Review notes 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with AF at some point in their lives; over 1.2m individuals in UK have been diagnosed with AF; thousands still remain undiagnosed, and risk of AF-related stroke can be mitigated through anticoagulation, with a 66% risk reduction.




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