Friday, 13 November 2020 20:28

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 9th November 2020

Antiplatelet and anticoagulant agents for secondary prevention of stroke and other thromboembolic events in people with antiphospholipid syndrome

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Review (8 RCTs; n=811; moderate‐certainty evidence) concludes that DOACs probably increase risk of stroke but may not alter risk of any thromboembolic events, major bleeding, mortality or clinically‐relevant non‐major bleeding vs standard‐dose warfarin.


Intravenous alteplase for stroke with unknown time of onset guided by advanced imaging: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual patient data

The Lancet
Review (4 RCTs; n=843) found intravenous alteplase resulted in better functional outcome (score of 0–1 on modified Rankin Scale) at 90 days vs placebo/standard care (47% vs 39%; adjusted OR 1.49; 95% CI 1.10–2.03) but with higher risk of intracranial haemorrhage (11% vs <2%).


Ticagrelor Added to Aspirin in Acute Ischemic Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack in Prevention of Disabling Stroke: A Randomized Clinical Trial

JAMA Neurology
In THALES RCT (n=11 016 with non-cardioembolic, non-severe ischaemic stroke or high-risk TIA), ticagrelor + aspirin significantly reduced 30-day risk of disabling stroke or death vs aspirin alone (4.0% vs 4.7%; P = 0.04) and showed 23% reduction of total disability burden.


The assessment of venous thromboembolism risks associated with pregnancy

Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch
Following an investigation into the death of a mother who suffered a pulmonary embolism 5 weeks after the birth of her third child, this investigation will look at the assessment and communication of the risk of venous thromboembolism in pregnant and postnatal women.


Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia in Severe COVID-19

Case study (n=7, France) reports critical COVID-19 patients develop life-threatening coagulopathy & complications that justify aggressive anticoagulation; but warn occurrence of Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia increases and may alter risk–benefit balance of anticoagulation.


Venous thromboembolism risk with JAK inhibitors: A Meta‐analysis

Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance
Review of 42 studies found no increased risk, with incidence rates for VTE, PE & DVT with JAK inhibitor use of 0.68 (95%CI 0.36-1.29), 0.44 (0.28-0.70) and 0.59 (0.31-1.15) respectively. Authors state data do not support current warnings around VTE risk for JAK inhibitors.


Sanofi Genzyme pauses haemophilia clinical development program for fitusiran

Biospace Inc.
Program for this once-once monthly, subcutaneously dosed non-factor-replacement therapy that leverages small interfering RNA to target and decrease antithrombin has been paused to allow investigation of reports of non-fatal thrombotic events in patients in the trials.


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