Medications

Expanded recall of warfarin level monitoring test strips

(HealthDay)—Certain lots of Roche Diagnostics test strips should not be used with CoaguChek test meter devices to check levels of the blood thinner warfarin because patients may get inaccurate results and be at risk for ...

Cardiology

New anti-clotting drugs linked to lower risk of serious bleeding

New drugs known as direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) used to treat serious blood clots are associated with reduced risks of major bleeding compared with the older anti-clotting drug, warfarin, finds a study in The BMJ today.

Cardiology

New blood thinners may shorten patients' hospital stays

The use of newer blood thinners for patients at risk of stroke may lead to two fewer days in the hospital for those who experience complications, with the same survival rate as the older drug warfarin, according to a data ...

Cardiology

Storage in dose administration aids doesn't affect warfarin

(HealthDay)—The chemical stability of warfarin sodium tablets is not affected by repackaging into dose administration aids (DAAs), according to a study published online Nov. 16 in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research.

Cardiology

Genetic testing helps set safe dose of common blood thinner

Warfarin is a blood thinner that is commonly prescribed to patients to prevent life-threatening blood clots. Despite its longtime use, warfarin remains tricky to dose because a person's genetic makeup influences how the drug ...

Neuroscience

Warfarin, rivaroxaban similarly safe, effective

(HealthDay)—For cases of mild atrial fibrillation (AF)-related acute ischemic stroke, rivaroxaban and warfarin are similarly safe and effective at preventing recurrent stroke, according to a study published online Sept. ...

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