Items filtered by date: July 2022


Revised SPC for diclofenac.
The SPCs have been updated with warnings about the CV risks of diclofenac, which may increase with dose and duration of exposure. Patients with significant risk factors for CV events should only be treated with diclofenac after careful consideration; and reviewed regularly.

Prasugrel (Efient): increased risk of bleeding – information on timing of loading dose.

New trial data are available on timing of prasugrel loading dose when used in patients with unstable angina or NSTEMI. In these patients, when coronary angiography is done within 48 hours after admission, loading dose should only be given at time of PCI to minimise bleeding risk.

Warfarin use and the risk for stroke and bleeding in patients undergoing dialysis.
This Canadian retrospective cohort study (n=1626 dialysis, n=204,210 non-dialysis, ≥65 years, admitted to hospital with AF) found that in patients with AF undergoing dialysis, warfarin was not beneficial in reducing stroke risk but was associated with a higher bleeding risk.

Combined hormonal contraceptives: Europe-wide review confirms the risk of thromboembolism is small and agrees updated information to reflect the latest evidence.
The Europe-wide review concluded that the risk of blood clots with all CHCs is small and the benefits of any CHC far outweigh the risk of serious side effects. There is good evidence that the risk of VTE may vary between products, depending on the progestogen.

Optimal duration of dual anti-platelet therapy after drug-eluting stent implantation: A randomised, controlled trial.
This study (n=5045) reported that at 24 months following randomisation, death from cardiac causes, MI or stroke did not differ significantly between the two arms—57 aspirin-alone patients (2.4%) and 61 aspirin/clopidogrel patients (2.6%) (HR 0.94; 95% CI 0.66–1.35; P=0.75).

Primary prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism in people undergoing major amputation of the lower extremity .
This review notes that as only two studies were included, each comparing different interventions, there is insufficient evidence to make any conclusions about the most effective thromboprophylaxis regimen in patients undergoing lower limb amputation.

Associations with anticoagulation: a cross-sectional registry-based analysis of stroke survivors with atrial fibrillation.
This cross-sectional analysis (n=3429) found on multivariate analysis, older age (OR 0.97, 95% CI 0.96–0.98) and higher deprivation scores (OR 0.59, 0.57–0.76) were independently associated with non-prescription of vitamin K antagonists.


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Direct oral anticoagulants in the treatment and long-term prevention of venous thrombo-embolism 

This article reviews direct oral anticoagulants (e.g. apixaban, dabigatran and rivaroxaban) under the following topic headings: Acute and long-term treatment of VTE; Extended treatment of VTE; Lessons from the developmentprogrammes for these drugs; and practical considerations.


Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma agonists for preventing recurrent stroke and other vascular events in patients with stroke or transient ischaemic attack

PPAR- agonists were found to reduce recurrent stroke and total events of CV death, non-fatal MI or non-fatal stroke, and improve insulin sensitivity and stabilisation of carotid plaques, but findings should be interpreted cautiously due to small number and quality of the studies.


Point-of-care coagulometers (the CoaguChek XS system and the INRatio2 PT/INR monitor) in people on long-term vitamin K
antagonist therapy who have atrial fibrillation or heart valve disease: diagnostics consultation document

Draft guidance from NICE's Diagnostics Assessment Programme on two technologies for self-monitoring the clotting of blood in people on long term anticoagulation therapy has been issued for public consultation.


Aspirin versus vitamin K antagonist treatment guided by transoesophageal echocardiography in patients with atrial fibrillation: a pilot study

The results of this study (n=238) suggest that transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) may help to refine stroke risk and guide antithrombotic treatment choice (VKA or aspirin) in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Further research is however required.


Ultrasound-assisted thrombolysis for acute pulmonary embolism: a systematic review

The authors of this review discuss catheter-based revascularisation for PE and ultrasound-assisted thrombolysis and present and discuss the results of seven studies (n=197) of ultrasound-assisted catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT) for PE (only one small RCT).


Media hype blood clot risk of birth control pills

This 'Behind the Headlines' assessment discusses the risk of venous thromboembolism associated with use of combined oral contraceptives
(following the recent European review) and comments that the UK media overhyped the potential risk in their reporting.


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The findings of the King's Thrombosis Centre's population pharmacokinetic modelling study of enoxaparin in pregnancy was reviewed by Nature Reviews Cardiology. The review assessed the significance of the findings and includes a commentary from Professor Jeff Ginsberg from McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.

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King's Thrombosis Centre have published an article in CIRCULATION describing the development of a robust pharmacokinetic model of enoxaparin in pregnant women. At each monthly clinic visit, participants provided blood samples for assessment of anti-factor Xa activity in plasma at three time points—trough (the lowest concentration before the next dose), and 1 h and 3 h after enoxaparin injection. One hundred and twenty three patients contributed 795 anti-Xa activities for the modelling. Both enoxaparin clearance and volume of distribution were increased during pregnancy and the findings provide evidence for prescribing once daily enoxaparin for the treatment of antenatal VTE. The conclusion is that national and international guideline recommendations for enoxaparin dosing in pregnancy should be re-considered.


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King's Thrombosis Centre have published an article in CHEST evaluating the impact of compulsory VTE risk assessment on the incidence of hospital-associated VTE. A significant reduction in the incidence of HAT was observed following sustained achievement of 90% risk assessment (RR 0.88, 95% CI 0.74 - 0.98; P=0.014). The article entitled "Comprehensive venous thromboembolism prevention programme incorporating mandatory risk assessment reduces the incidence of hospital-associated thrombosis" can be accessed here

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King's Thrombosis Centre have published an article in the British Journal of Haematology evaluating the early predictors of post-thrombotic syndrome. The article entitled "Presenting D-dimer and early symptom severity are independent predictors for post-thrombotic syndrome following a first deep vein thrombosis" can be accessed here.

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The project is being led by Dr Jig Patel, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at King's College London.

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