Outcomes in patients treated with ticagrelor or clopidogrel after acute myocardial infarction: experiences from SWEDEHEART registryDrug Safety Alert: Warfarin - reports of calciphylaxis (syndrome of vascular calcification)

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

An EU-wide review of relevant evidence recently concluded that there is a reasonable possibility that on rare occasions warfarin use might lead to calciphylaxis. Healthcare professionals are advised to consider stopping warfarin and starting appropriate treatment if necessary.

 

Management of bleeding with non–vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants in the era of specific reversal agents

Circulation

This review summarises the evidence around the management of non–vitamin K antagonist (NOACs)-related bleeding, including prevention of bleeding, general principles and supportive measures, nonspecific haemostatic agents, and NOAC-specific reversal agents.

 

Outcomes in patients treated with ticagrelor or clopidogrel after acute myocardial infarction: experiences from SWEDEHEART registry

European Heart Journal

Study (n=45,073) found the risk of the primary outcome (composite of all-cause death, re-admission with myocardial infarction or stroke) with ticagrelor vs. clopidogrel was 11.7 vs. 22.3% (HR 0.85 [95% CI: 0.78–0.93]).

 

 

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Precision Medicine for Ischemic Stroke

JAMA Neurology

In this article, the authors discuss the future of precision medicine in the field of ischaemic stroke, first looking at the current status of genetic approaches, and then exploring the status of phenotype-based delineations.

 

Volunteers wanted to help determine the future of pharmacovigilance

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Web-RADR: Recognising Adverse Drug Reactions is running a survey for healthcare providers, patients, and consumers of medicines to help develop the next generation of online side-effect reporting software.

 

New product: ALPROLIX (eftrenonacog alfa) powder and solvent for solution for injection

electronic Medicines Compendium

Eftrenonacog alfa is licensed for the treatment and prophylaxis of bleeding in patients with haemophilia B (congenital factor IX deficiency).

 

Direct oral anticoagulants: unique properties and practical approaches to management

Heart

This is a review of the indications and dosing considerations, clinical efficacy and safety, laboratory monitoring and reversibility considerations and peri-procedural management of the direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), highlighting strategies to ensure safe and effective DOAC.

 

European Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee to begin review of factor VIII medicines for haemophilia A

European Medicines Agency

This review has been initiated following a recent study which suggested that inhibitors develop more frequently in patients on factor VIII (F-VIII) medicines made by DNA recombinant technology than in those receiving (F-VIII) derived from blood.

 

 

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Risk of Bleeding and Thrombosis in Patients 70 Years Or Older Using Vitamin K Antagonists

JAMA Internal Medicine

Matched cohort study (n=3313) found compared to patients aged 70-79, those aged 80-89 had similar risk of bleeding, whereas those ≥90 had mildly increased risk of bleeding. Patients in their 80s and 90s had markedly higher risk of thrombosis vs. patients in their 70s.

 

Association Between CYP2C19 Loss-of-Function Allele Status and Efficacy of Clopidogrel for Risk Reduction Among Patients With Minor Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack

Journal of the American Medical Association

Chinese study (n=2933) found after day 90 follow-up, clopidogrel-aspirin (CA) reduced the rate of new stroke in the non-carriers but not in carriers of loss-of-function alleles vs aspirin alone.

 

Impact of Renal Function on Outcomes With Edoxaban in the ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 Trial

Circulation

In this analysis of ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 study (n=14,071), findings from prespecified renal subgroups defined by a CrCl of 30-50 and >50mL/min were similar to overall trial results in which high dose edoxaban was comparable to warfarin for prevention of stroke/systemic embolism.

 

Edoxaban for venous thromboembolism in patients with cancer: results from a non-inferiority subgroup analysis of the Hokusai-VTE randomised, double-blind, double-dummy trial

The Lancet Haematology

Analysis (n=771 with cancer) found recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) occurred in 4% of patients on edoxoban and 7% on warfarin (HR 0.53, 95% CI 0.28-1.00) concluding that edoxoban is non-inferior to warfarin in the treatment of patients with cancer with VTE.

 

Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism

The Lancet

This seminar focuses on the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of deep vein thrombosis of the legs and pulmonary embolism as well as looking at future research in this area.

 

 

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The association between non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants and gastrointestinal bleeding: a meta-analysis of observational studies

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Meta-analysis of 8 cohort studies suggest a slightly higher risk of gastrointestinal bleeding with dabigatran use compared with warfarin (risk ratio 1.21; 95% CI, 1.05-1.39), but no significant difference was found between rivaroxaban and warfarin.

 

Major Bleeding and Hemorrhagic Stroke With Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Patients With Renal Failure: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Trials

Chest

Study (n=94,897) found direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) had decreased risk for major bleeding vs vitamin K antagonists when estimated creatinine clearance (eCrCL) 50-80mL/min (RR 0.87, 95%CI 0.81-0.93). However, DOACs' bleeding risk differs from each other when eCrCL<50mL/min.

 

On-Treatment Outcomes in Patients With Worsening Renal Function With Rivaroxaban Compared With Warfarin: Insights From ROCKET AF

Circulation

Analysis (n=12,612) found among those with on-treatment worsening renal function, rivaroxaban (RV) was linked to lower rates of stroke/systemic embolism vs. warfarin, without increase in composite bleeding endpoint. This was not seen in patients with stable renal function on RV.

 

Two-year outcomes of patients with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation: results from GARFIELD-AF

European Heart Journal

Two-year outcomes from ongoing, global observational study (n=17,162) found death was most frequent adverse outcome. Stroke-related mortality was not most frequent cause of death, suggesting that as well as anticoagulation, a more comprehensive approach to management is needed.

 

New "Aspirin-Guide" App for clinicians to help personalise decisions about aspirin use developed by Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers

Biospace Inc.

Researchers have developed a new, free mobile app, "Aspirin-Guide" that calculates both the CVD risk score and the bleeding risk score for individual patients, and helps clinicians decide which patients are appropriate candidates for the use of low-dose aspirin (75 - 81mg daily).

 

 

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Stroke and death in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation in Japan compared with the United Kingdom

Heart

Study (n=3129) found elderly (age ≥75 years) patients with atrial fibrillation in both Japan and the UK are at similarly high risk of stroke and death. Appropriate oral anticoagulation was still underused (<60%) in both populations.

 

Eyes on Evidence: Perioperative anticoagulation for people with atrial fibrillation

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

A commentary is provided on RCT in people with AF who stopped taking warfarin before elective surgery/invasive procedure, which found people who did not receive 'bridging' heparin had a lower risk of bleeding and no higher risk of thromboembolism than those who received it.

 

Comparative effectiveness and safety of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants and warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation: propensity weighted nationwide cohort study

British Medical Journal

Danish cohort study (n=61,678) found all NOACs seem to be safe and effective alternatives to warfarin (WF) in a routine care setting. No significant difference was found for ischaemic stroke. Risks of death, any or major bleeding were lower for apixaban and dabigatran vs. WF.

 

Polypharmacy and effects of apixaban versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation: post hoc analysis of the ARISTOTLE trial

British Medical Journal

In trial (n=18,201),~75% patients had polypharmacy; this subgroup had increased comorbidity, more interacting drugs, increased mortality, and higher rates of thromboembolic/bleeding complications. Apixaban was more effective than warfarin regardless of number of concomitant drugs.

 

Global burden of stroke and risk factors in 188 countries, during 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013

The Lancet Neurology

Over 90% stroke burden (SB) is attributable to modifiable risk factors, and achieving control of behavioural/metabolic risk factors could avert over three-quarters of global SB. Air pollution has emerged as a significant contributor to SB especially in low/middle-income countries.

 

NIHR Signal: An anticoagulant, bivalirudin, may not be safer than the alternative, heparin, when unblocking arteries in the heart

National Institute for Health Research Signal

This is an expert commentary of a meta-analysis which found that bivalirudin as an alternative to heparin to prevent clotting during percutaneous coronary intervention may be ineffective in preventing recurrence of blockage or further heart attacks.

 

Prolonged dual antiplatelet therapy in stable coronary disease: comparative observational study of benefits and harms in unselected versus trial populations

British Medical Journal

The PEGASUS-TIMI-54 trial was one of first to inform management of high risk patients, but this analysis has shown that real world patients who survive ≥1 year after acute MI are at yet greater risk, amplifying potential of dual antiplatelet therapy to improve prognosis.

 

Risk of venous thromboembolism in cancer patients treated with epoetins or blood transfusions

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Study of 69,888 patients identified 3316 cases of venous thromboembolism (VTE). There was a higher risk of VTE with epoetins (OR 1.31 (95% CI 1.03-1.65)), transfusions (2.33 (2.03-2.66)), and epoetins and transfusions (2.24 (1.34-3.77)).

 

Direct oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation: meta-analysis by geographic region with a focus on European patients

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

This review of 5 trials (n=72,673) found that direct oral anticoagulants were not superior to warfarin for prevention of stroke and systemic embolic events (RR=0.97 95% CI=0.85-1.11) in European patients (n=32,089), but were with patients from other regions (0.72, 0.63-0.83).

 

 

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Endoscopy in patients on antiplatelet or anticoagulant therapy, including direct oral anticoagulants: British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) and European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) guidelines

Gut

These guidelines refer to patients undergoing elective endoscopic gastrointestinal procedures, and make recommendations on the management antiplatelet/anticoagulant therapy based on the risk of procedural haemorrhage vs. thrombosis if therapy is discontinued.

 

Updated European Heart Rhythm Association practical guide on the use of non-vitamin-K antagonist anticoagulants in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation: Executive summary—Revision 1

European Heart Journal

This guide has been updated including new information with a balanced guide in the areas where prospective data are still lacking. Changes include a discussion on the definition of 'non-valvular AF' and eligibility for DOAC therapy and finalised information on edoxaban.

 

Risk of intracerebral haemorrhage with alteplase after acute ischaemic stroke: a secondary analysis of an individual patient data meta-analysis

The Lancet Neurology

Analysis (n= 6756 in 9 trials of alteplase vs. control) found that in alteplase group, net outcome is predicted both by time to treatment (faster time increasing % achieving excellent outcome) and stroke severity (more severe increasing absolute risk of intracerebral bleed).

 

One versus two years of elastic compression stockings for prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome (OCTAVIA study): randomised controlled trial

British Medical Journal

Non-inferiority trial (n=518) found that stopping elastic compression stockings (ECS) after one year in compliant patients with proximal deep venous thrombosis (DVT) seemed not to be non-inferior to continuing ECS therapy for 2 years, with an NNT of 14.

 

Antithrombotic therapy in heart failure (HF) patients with and without atrial fibrillation (AF): update and future challenges

European Heart Journal

This review provides a perspective on the use of antithrombotic treatments in patients with both AF and HF, and in patients with HF and sinus rhythm, with particular attention to the NOACs, and provides background for therapeutic, outcome and trial improvement.

 

Extended Thromboprophylaxis with Betrixaban in Acutely Ill Medical Patients

New England Journal of Medicine

In this RCT (n=7513), the primary efficacy outcome of composite asymptomatic proximal deep-vein thrombosis and symptomatic venous thromboembolism was not statistically significant (6.9% for betrixaban v 8.5% for enoxaparin in the group with raised d-dimer levels.

 

 

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FDA approves Afstyla for patients with haemophilia A

PharmaTimes

Afstyla, a novel recombinant factor VIII single-chain therapy, designed for long-lasting protection from bleeds with 2-3 x weekly dosing. It can also be used as on-demand treatment to control bleeds, and in perioperative management of bleeding.

 

Cryptogenic Stroke

New England Journal of Medicine

This feature article begins with a case highlighting a common clinical problem, cryptogenic stroke. Evidence supporting various strategies is then presented, followed by a review of formal guidelines, when they exist. The article ends with the author's clinical recommendations.

 

Prediction of rates of thromboembolic and major bleeding outcomes with dabigatran or warfarin among patients with atrial fibrillation: new initiator cohort study

British Medical Journal

A comparison of bleeding rates seen in a cohort (n=21934) of patients with AF treated with warfarin v dabigatran with what was predicted using risk assessment models & data from RCTs showed good correlation between models & real-life but RCTs underestimate risk of major bleeding.

 

Reversal of the anticoagulant effect of dabigatran: idarucizumab (ESNM73)

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

This review looks at the evidence for the efficacy/safety of idarucizumab for reversing the anticoagulant effect of dabigatran etexilate. There are
currently no other licensed agents to reverse the anticoagulant effect of dabigatran etexilate (or any other NOAC).

 

Individualising Duration of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy After Acute Coronary Syndrome or Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Circulation

This review, based on 2 case vignettes, discusses dual antiplatelet therapy in the management of patients with acute coronary syndromes and those undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention, in the context of balancing optimal duration with the risk of adverse bleeding effects.

 

Use of antipsychotics and risk of myocardial infarction: a systematic review and meta-analysis

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

This review of 9 observational studies found that the odds for developing an MI were higher with antipsychotic users vs never users (OR=1.88, 95%CI=1.39-2.54). Short term users (<30 days) and those with schizophrenia had a more pronounced risk.

 

The impact of atrial fibrillation type on the risk of thromboembolism, mortality, and bleeding: a systematic review and meta-analysis

European Heart Journal

This review of 12 studies (n=99,996) found that non-paroxysmal AF was associated with higher rates of thromboembolism than parosxysmal AF (unadjusted RR=1.355, 95%CI= 1.169-1.571).

 

 

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Effects of aspirin on risk and severity of early recurrent stroke after transient ischaemic attack and ischaemic stroke: time-course analysis of randomised trials

The Lancet

Data from 12 trials (n=15,778) found aspirin reduced 6 week risk of recurrent ischaemic stroke (IS) vs. placebo by ~ 60% (HR 0.42, 95% CI, 0.32–0.55, p<0.0001) and disabling or fatal IS by ~70% (0.29, 0.20–0.42, p<0.0001), with greatest benefit in patients with TIA/minor stroke.

 

Coronary-Artery Bypass Grafting

New England Journal of Medicine

This review covers evidence from trials of CABG vs. medical therapy or vs. percutaneous coronary intervention, as well as complicating factors, indications and evaluation for CABG, morbidity and mortality, and secondary prevention.

 

Which Oral Anticoagulant for Atrial Fibrillation?

Journal of the American Medical Association

This Medical Letter review summarises the newly available oral anticoagulants and compares them with commonly prescribed warfarin.

 

Should prophylactic doses of low molecular weight heparins be used in patients with renal impairment?

South West Medicines Information & Training

This updated Medicines Q&A reviews the current literature regarding the use of prophylactic doses of low molecular weight heparins in patients with renal impairment.

 

 

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Clinical impact and course of major bleeding with edoxaban versus vitamin K antagonists

Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Analysis of major bleeding events from Hokusai-VTE study (n=8240) suggests edoxaban associated major bleeding events have similar presentation/course compared to those with vitamin K antagonist (56 and 65 events, respectively) in patients treated for venous thromboembolism.

 

Low dose oestrogen combined oral contraception and risk of pulmonary embolism, stroke, and myocardial infarction in five million French women: cohort study

British Medical Journal

This study (n=5,443,916) found that for the same dose of oestrogen, desogestrel and gestodene were associated with statistically significantly higher risks of pulmonary embolism but not arterial thromboembolism compared with levonorgestrel.

 

Low-Dose versus Standard-Dose Intravenous Alteplase in Acute Ischemic Stroke

New England Journal of Medicine

This open label study (n=3310) in mainly Asian patients low-dose alteplase (tPA) did not show non-inferior to standard-dose tPA with respect to death and disability at 90 days. There were significantly fewer symptomatic intracerebral haemorrhages with low-dose tPA.

 

Ticagrelor versus Aspirin in Acute Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack

New England Journal of Medicine

This RCT (n=13,199) found that ticagrelor was not superior to aspirin in reducing the rate of stroke, myocardial infarction or death at 90 days (HR=0.89, 95%CI= 0.78-1.01, p=0.07).

 

Platelet transfusion versus standard care after acute stroke due to spontaneous cerebral haemorrhage associated with antiplatelet therapy (PATCH): a randomised, open-label, phase 3 trial

The Lancet

In this open label trial (n=190) the odds of death or dependence at 3 months were higher in the platelet transfusion group than in the standard care group (adjusted OR 2•05, 95% CI 1•18–3•56).

 

Systematic review of prognostic models for recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) post-treatment of first unprovoked VTE

BMJ Open

This review identified 3 models, HERDOO2 score, Vienna prediction model and DASH score, for predicting the recurrence risk of VTE and concluded that none of these can be considered ready for use until further external, robust validation is performed in new data.

 

 

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Effect of compression stockings on post thrombotic syndrome in patients with deep vein thrombosis: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

The Lancet Haematology

Meta-analysis of 6 RCTs (n=1462) found use of elastic compression stockings in patients with DVT does not significantly reduce development of post thrombotic syndrome, however current body of evidence is limited, and further studies are needed to establish role of this therapy.

 

 

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