In order to compare the effect of oral apixaban (a factor Xa inhibitor) with subcutaneous enoxaparin on major venous thromboembolism and major and non-major clinically relevant bleeding after total knee and hip replacement, we conducted a pooled analysis of two previously reported double-blind randomised studies involving 8464 patients. One group received apixaban 2.5 mg twice daily (plus placebo injection) starting 12 to 24 hours after operation, and the other received enoxaparin subcutaneously once daily (and placebo tablets) starting 12 hours (± 3) pre-operatively. Each regimen was continued for 12 days (± 2) after knee and 35 days (± 3) after hip arthroplasty. All outcomes were centrally adjudicated. Major venous thromboembolism occurred in 23 of 3394 (0.7%) evaluable apixaban patients and in 51 of 3394 (1.5%) evaluable enoxaparin patients (risk difference, apixaban minus enoxaparin, -0.8% (95% confidence interval (CI) -1.2 to -0.3); two-sided p = 0.001 for superiority). Major bleeding occurred in 31 of 4174 (0.7%) apixaban patients and 32 of 4167 (0.8%) enoxaparin patients (risk difference -0.02% (95% CI -0.4 to 0.4)). Combined major and clinically relevant non-major bleeding occurred in 182 (4.4%) apixaban patients and 206 (4.9%) enoxaparin patients (risk difference -0.6% (95% CI -1.5 to 0.3)). Apixaban 2.5 mg twice daily is more effective than enoxaparin 40 mg once daily without increased bleeding.
"Apixaban is an oral factor Xa inhibitor with a rapid onset of action that is administered in fixed doses without the need for laboratory monitoring. Apixaban is effective for the prevention of VTE after major orthopedic surgery14. The AMPLIFY Extension study was a double-blind trial in which 2,486 patients with VTE were randomized to receive two different doses of apixaban (2.5 mg or 5 mg twice daily) or placebo after 6-12 months of anticoagulation treatment. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Venous thromboembolism (VTE), which includes pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis, is an important cause of morbidity and mortality. The aim of this review is to summarize the findings from clinically important publications over the last year in the area of VTE. In this review, we discuss 11 randomized controlled trials published from March 2013 to April 2014. The COAG and the EU-PACT trials indicate that pharmacogenetic testing has either no usefulness in the initial dosing of vitamin K antagonists or marginal usefulness in the Caucasian population. Recent clinical trials with novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have demonstrated that the efficacy and safety of rivaroxaban, apixaban, edoxaban, and dabigatran are not inferior to those of conventional anticoagulants for the treatment of VTE. The PEITHO and ULTIMA trials suggested that rescue thrombolysis or catheter-directed thrombolysis may maximize the clinical benefits and minimize the bleeding risk. Lastly, riociguat has a proven efficacy in treating chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. In the future, NOACs, riociguat, and catheter-directed thrombolysis have the potential to revolutionize the management of patients with VTE.
Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases 09/2014; 77(3):105-10. DOI:10.4046/trd.2014.77.3.105
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Thrombosis plays a key role in the pathophysiology of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). The management of patients with ACS includes interventional procedures and use of antithrombotic agents acutely, and dual antiplatelet therapy (aspirin and a P2Y12 receptor antagonist) for secondary prevention. However, patients with recent ACS remain at a substantial residual risk for recurrent ischemic events or death. The idea of follow-up treatment with an oral anticoagulant on top of standard therapy seems promising. Warfarin was the first oral anticoagulant thoroughly investigated in this direction, but the widespread long-term use of warfarin in ACS has been limited by challenges associated with pharmacodynamic/pharmacokinetic deficiencies of the drug and the risk of bleeding. Novel oral anticoagulants, such as direct thrombin inhibitors (DTIs) and FXa inhibitors overcome the downsides of VKAs. Ximelagatran was the first DTI, investigated and proven to be effective in prevention of recurrent ischemic events in ACS patients, but the drug association with hepatotoxicity prompted its withdrawal. Dabigatran etexilate, apixaban, darexaban (YM150) and TAK-442 were studied in phase II dose-escalation trials in order to determine the balance between clinical effectiveness and bleeding risk in daily use with dual antiplatelet therapy, with both positive and negative results. Rivaroxaban is the only agent that completed a phase III trial, showing reduction in recurrent ischemic events rate and death from cardiovascular causes as well as all-cause death. This review summarizes the data from completed and ongoing clinical trials of the new oral anticoagulants in patients with ACS.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to compare the efficacy of intermittent mechanical compression combined with pharmacological thromboprophylaxis, against either mechanical compression or pharmacological prophylaxis in preventing deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism in patients undergoing hip or knee replacement. A total of six randomised controlled trials, evaluating a total of 1399 patients, were identified. In knee arthroplasty, the rate of DVT was reduced from 18.7% with anticoagulation alone to 3.7% with combined modalities (risk ratio (RR) 0.27, p = 0.03; number needed to treat: seven). There was moderate, albeit non-significant, heterogeneity (I(2) = 42%). In hip replacement, there was a non-significant reduction in DVT from 8.7% with mechanical compression alone to 7.2% with additional pharmacological prophylaxis (RR 0.84) and a significant reduction in DVT from 9.7% with anticoagulation alone to 0.9% with additional mechanical compression (RR 0.17, p < 0.001; number needed to treat: 12), with no heterogeneity (I(2) = 0%). The included studies had insufficient power to demonstrate an effect on pulmonary embolism. We conclude that the addition of intermittent mechanical leg compression augments the efficacy of anticoagulation in preventing DVT in patients undergoing both knee and hip replacement. Further research on the role of combined modalities in thromboprophylaxis in joint replacement and in other high-risk situations, such as fracture of the hip, is warranted.
The Bone & Joint Journal 06/2012; 94(6):729-34. DOI:10.1302/0301-620X.94B6.28128 · 3.31 Impact Factor
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