New Blood Thinner Pill For Patients With Deep Vein Thrombosis – Part 1 of 3
New Blood Thinner Pill For Patients With Deep Vein Thrombosis. A renewed anti-clotting pill, rivaroxaban (Xarelto), may be an effective, convenient and safer curing for patients coping with deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), a pair of new studies indicate. According to the research, published online Dec 4, 2010 in the New England Journal of Medicine, the soporific could offer a new option for these potentially life-threatening clots, which most typically form in the lower leg or thigh. The findings are also slated for presentation Saturday at the annual junction of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), in Orlando, Fla.
And “These study outcomes may possibly change the way that patients with DVT are treated,” study author Dr Harry R Buller, a professor of drug at the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam, said in an ASH news release. “This new treatment regimen of oral rivaroxaban can potentially agree blood clot therapy easier than the current standard treatment for both the patient and the physician, with a single-drug and simple fixed-dose approach”.
Another heart expert agreed. “Rivaroxiban is at least as effective as the older benumb warfarin and seems safer. It is also far easier to use since it does not require blood testing to adjust the dose,” said cardiologist Dr Alan Kadish, currently president of Touro College in New York City.
The research was funded in part by Bayer Schering Pharma, which markets rivaroxaban outside the United States. Funding also came from Ortho-McNeil, which will market the drug in the United States should it increment US Food and Drug Administration approval. In March 2009, an FDA advisory panel recommended the drug be approved, but agency review is ongoing pending further study.