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Arterial and venous thromboembolism account for significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Warfarin, and other vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), have been the only class of oral anticoagulants currently in clinical use and have been so for over 50 years. Although warfarin is effective in preventing thromboembolism, its use is limited by its narrow therapeutic index that necessitates frequent monitoring and dose adjustments resulting in considerable inconvenience to patients and clinicians. There are now several orally administered anticoagulants in late stages of clinical development that may offer effective, safer, and more convenient anticoagulation. This review summarizes and compares data on novel anticoagulants in the prophylaxis and treatment of venous thromboembolism, acute coronary syndromes, and the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.
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The aim of the study was to summarize available literature regarding the interaction between vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (co-trimoxazole, TMP-SMX), and to provide recommendations for managing patient risk from this interaction. Data sources were English-language publications in the medical literature and Internet databases. Relevant publications that directly or indirectly addressed the VKA-TMP-SMX interaction were selected and reviewed. The mechanism of the VKA-TMP-SMX interaction, frequency of concurrent use, effect on international normalized ratio (INR), increased risk of bleeding, and strategies for risk reduction are summarized. The concurrent use of VKA and TMP/SMX rapidly and consistently raises INR and is associated with a two- to five-fold increase in bleeding. Concurrent use of VKA and TMP-SMX should be avoided when possible. When VKA and TMP-SMX are co-prescribed, VKA dose reduction is usually required. Patient education as well as early and frequent INR monitoring is recommended to reduce risk from this interaction.
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This was a single-centre cohort study. Baseline data from 1 January 2006 to 31 March 2006 were collected and compared with post-implementation data from 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007. Patients newly started on warfarin for deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or atrial fibrillation in general medicine and surgery departments were included. The three endpoints were as follows: (i) percentage of international normalized ratios (INRs) achieving therapeutic range within 5 days, (ii) INRs more than 4 during titration and (iii) subtherapeutic INRs on discharge.
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This multi-disciplinary consensus statement has been written to serve as a guide for healthcare practitioners prescribing apixaban in Australia, with a focus on acute and emergency management.
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To avoid major bleeding events in warfarin and S-1 combination therapy, PT-INR levels should be monitored frequently to allow for precise adjustments of the warfarin dose and to verify any side effects reported by the patient. We therefore developed a support system where outpatients obtain a home-measured PT-INR value using the CoaguChek(®) system and submit it along with details of any side effects to us via the Internet using their mobile phone. A 59-year-old man was started on warfarin (1.5 mg/d) and S-1 (100 mg/d), a combination preparation of tegafur, gimeracil, and oteracil potassium, to treat cholangiocarcinoma. The patient sent his data to the hospital pharmacist every two days after starting S-1 therapy. When the PT-INR was outside the target range of 1.5-2.7, the pharmacist, after consulting the physician, instructed the patient to change his warfarin dose by 0.5 mg. On day 24 after starting S-1, PT-INR had increased from 1.6 to 2.8, so the dose was decreased by 0.5 mg. Thereafter, the dose was adjusted by 0.5-1.0 mg during the observation period so that the patient was able to maintain the therapeutic range approximately 90% of the time. We anticipate this system can be applied to S-1 which interact with warfarin, thereby enabling safer anticoagulation therapy.
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We observed significant morbidity and mortality in patients with preexisting cardiac disease who suffer severe traumatic injuries. We wondered about the types of injury seen and about the cardiac risks factors that predispose to worse outcomes in these patients. Our hypothesis is that significant cardiac comorbidity is associated with adverse trauma outcomes.
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At the end of 2 previous trials, an excess of stroke and bleeding was observed in patients with AF randomized to a new oral anticoagulant (NOAC) who transitioned to a vitamin K antagonist (VKA).
There were 2782 patients (15%) from 10 Asian countries and 15 331 patients from 34 non-Asian countries. A Cox regression model, with terms for treatment, region, and their interaction was used.
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Brodifacoum (BDF) is a second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide structurally related to warfarin but containing two chiral centers. Highly stable, BDF can contaminate food and water supplies causing accidental poisoning of humans and nontarget animals. To determine the distribution of BDF isomers in serum and tissues, a quantitative method was developed and validated according to FDA guidelines based on high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. A single liquid-liquid extraction step provided recoveries exceeding 93%. Reversed-phase chromatographic separations required <6 min, and quantitative analysis utilized a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer equipped with negative ion electrospray and selected reaction monitoring. The standard curve had a linear regression coefficient of 0.999 and intra- and inter-assay variations of <10%. The chromatographic method enabled the resolution and measurement of pairs of BDF diastereomers in commercial materials as well as in rat tissues. This method is suitable for measuring BDF exposure as well as basic science studies of the distribution and elimination of BDF diastereomers to various tissues.
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Seventy patients (35 males and 35 females) who underwent retrievable IVC filter placement to prevent thrombus dislodgement during CDT in all symptomatic DVT with thrombus age suspected within 4 weeks of the lower extremity between March 2008 and January 2014 were included in this study. All patients underwent laboratory blood study, duplex ultrasound and/or computed tomography for diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up in accordance with treatment policy of our Uijeongbu St. Mary's hospital. Two types of retrievable IVC filters (OptEase Filter, Cordis, Roden, The Netherlands; Gunther Tulip Filter, Cook, Bloomington, IN) were used to prevent thromboembolic events during CDT. After filter placement, subcutaneous low-molecular-weight heparin and overlapped to warfarin or new oral anticoagulant tried to achieve a target international normalized ratio (INR) of 2.0-3.0 in warfarin patients.
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A 65-year-old African-American man developed an INR of >18.0 after completing 12 days of ceftaroline therapy for the treatment of cellulitis while taking warfarin therapy. The patient was on warfarin due to his history of deep vein thrombosis of a lower extremity and pulmonary embolism, and his INR was consistently therapeutic for approximately 2 years before ceftaroline therapy. The patient reported no known drug allergies, had no history of adverse drug reactions, and had no recent changes in medications or diet. Phytonadione was administered, and the patient's INR began to decrease, returning to a therapeutic range of 2.30 after approximately 48 hours, at which time warfarin was restarted. After six days of hospitalization, the patient was discharged on his previous regimen of warfarin 7.5 mg orally once daily, with a therapeutic INR of 2.11. His cellulitis had resolved, so no further antibiotic therapy was warranted. To determine the likelihood of the drug interaction between warfarin and ceftaroline in this patient, the Drug Interaction Probability Scale of Horn and colleagues was applied and yielded a score of 6, indicating a probable likelihood of an interaction. Rechallenge was not attempted, as the patient's cellulitis had resolved and there were no evident signs or symptoms of infection.
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To investigate the mechanism of binding of human serum albumin (HSA) with potential sensitinogen, including chlorogenic acid and two isochlorogenic acids (3,4-di-O-caffeoylquinic acid and 3,5-di-O-caffeoylquinic acid).
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To describe the case of a patient who developed acute pulmonary emboli (PE) despite long-term anticoagulation with dabigatran.
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The purpose of this article is to develop a new high throughput method for detecting genetic polymorphism of warfarin metabolism-related genes rapidly in a single tube. Genomic DNA from human peripheral blood was extracted, and amplified with biotinylated primer to obtain single-stranded templates for pyrosequencing. Then, the single-stranded tem-plates were subjected to Pyrosequencing analysis using PyroMark ID instrument. Simultaneously, Sanger sequencing was also applied to sequence the products as a control to check the reliability of the pyrosequencing result.. The results dis-played that three variants of the warfarin metabolism-related genetic polymorphism (CYP2C9*2, CYP2C9*3, and VKORC1(-1693)) could be simultaneously detected using three different sequencing primers in a single-tube (one test), and 96 tests could be carried out each time. Repeat test and reliability test indicated that the agreement between the pyrosequencing and the Sanger sequencing methods was 100%. . All of these demonstrated that pyrosequencing could accurately and rapidly detect the genetic polymorphism of the warfarin drug metabolism-related genes with high throughput. Compar-ing with simplex pyrosequencing, the method established in the present study was much more economical and timesaving. It has a great value in personalized medical treatment and could be extended to the other genetic diseases.
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Three patients developed spontaneous vitreous hemorrhage after initiating rivaroxaban anticoagulation. All 3 patients were taking an additional anticoagulant at the time of hemorrhage.
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Taking into consideration the distribution of the population in our country, 2242 consecutive patients with at least one AF attack determined by electrocardiographic examination in 17 different tertiary health care centers were included in the study. Inpatients and patients that were admitted to emergency departments were excluded from the study. Epidemiological data of the patients and the treatment administered were assessed.
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In terms of inconsistent conclusions across all relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and available meta-analyses, we aimed to use a meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis (TSA) to evaluate whether clinical utility of a genotype-guided warfarin initiation dosing algorithm could be better than that of a standard therapy regimen, and whether currently relevant evidence could be reliable and conclusive. Overall, 11 eligible RCTs involving 2677 patients were included for further analyses. Compared with fixed dose or clinically adjusted warfarin initiation dosing regimens, genotype-guided algorithms significantly increased time in therapeutic range, shortened time to first therapeutic international normalized ratio (INR) and time to stable doses, but did not show any marked improvements in excessive anticoagulation, bleeding events, thromboembolism, or all-cause mortality. Subgroup analyses revealed that, genotype-guided algorithms showed better control in the outcomes of time in therapeutic range or excessive anticoagulation than fixed-dose regimens rather than clinically adjusted regimens. Except for excessive anticoagulation, currently available evidence of all other outcomes was unreliable and inconclusive as determined with TSA. Our findings suggest that genotype-guided warfarin initiation dosing algorithms have superiority in the improvement of surrogate quality markers for anticoagulation control, but that this does not translate into statistically significant differences in clinical outcomes, which is largely because of the insufficient sample size in the RCTs analyzed.
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The main challenge for warfarin anticoagulation is the risk for hemorrhagic complications. Although certain pharmacogenetic factors may explain the individual variabilities about the therapeutic warfarin dose requirement, the genetic factors to warfarin hemorrhagic complications due to over-anticoagulation are largely unknown. To interpret the potential role of warfarin-related genotypes on over-anticoagulation and hemorrhagic complications, we conducted a meta-analysis based on 22 published studies.
The costs per hospitalization associated with warfarin-related bleeding events are substantial. Instructions for warfarin management from a health care professional may reduce the number of warfarin-related bleeding hospitalizations and associated costs. Investments in interventions to improve communication regarding warfarin management may be justified economically based on the potential cost savings estimated in this study.
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Rates for primary and secondary efficacy and safety outcomes (i.e., clinical events) among NVAF patients receiving warfarin or each of the OACs were determined for NVAF populations aged ≥75 years and <75 years of age from the OAC vs warfarin trials. One-year incremental costs among patients with clinical events were obtained from published literature and inflation adjusted to 2010 costs. Medical costs, excluding medication costs, for clinical events associated with each OAC and warfarin were then estimated and compared.
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We sought to assess the occurrence of events after blinded study drug discontinuation and transition to open-label vitamin K antagonist (VKA) in ARISTOTLE.
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to examine whether changes to the design and conduct of a primary care-based RCT were associated with changes in patient recruitment.
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Use of a decision support tool that integrates patient-specific stroke and bleeding risk could result in significant gains in quality-adjusted life expectancy for a primary care population of patients with atrial fibrillation.