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Sickle Cell Drug Doesn't Relieve Pain Crises: Study

Posted 8 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 – The anti-clotting drug prasugrel does little to reduce the risk of pain crises in children with sickle cell disease, a new study shows. The research included 341 patients in 13 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. About half took prasugrel (Effient) for between nine and 24 months. The other half took a placebo. There was little difference ...

Wide Variations Seen in U.S. Stroke Care

Posted 7 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 – Americans' odds of receiving a drug that can halt strokes in progress may vary widely depending on their ZIP codes, a new study finds. Experts said the findings, reported in the July issue of the journal Stroke, help verify what everyone has suspected: There are disparities in emergency stroke care across the United States, specifically in the use of a clot-busting drug ...

Long-Term Use of Aspirin Plus Blood Thinner Is Safe: Study

Posted 17 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 – Heart attack and stroke patients can safely take aspirin combined with a blood-thinning medication, new research confirms. The blood-thinning combination won't increase a patient's risk of early death, according to a new study presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Chicago. The report was also published online Nov. 16 in The Lancet. ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Long-term Antiplatelet Therapy: Safety Announcement - Preliminary Trial Data Shows Benefits But a Higher Risk of Non-Cardiovascular Death

Posted 16 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

[Posted 11/16/2014] ISSUE: FDA is evaluating preliminary data from a clinical trial showing that treatment for 30 months with dual antiplatelet blood-thinning therapy decreased the risk of heart attacks and clot formation in stents, but there was an increased overall risk of death compared to 12 months of treatment. The clinical trial compared 30 months versus 12 months of treatment with dual ...

Standard Dose of Blood Thinner May Not Be Best for All Patients

Posted 6 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 6 – Seventy-five percent of patients taking the widely used blood thinners clopidogrel (Plavix) and prasugrel (Effient) are getting the incorrect dose and could be at risk for serious problems such as uncontrolled bleeding or blood clots, a new study contends. Millions of Americans with coronary artery disease take the drugs to prevent blood clots that could cause a heart attack or ...

New Blood Thinner Effient No Better Than Plavix at Preventing Heart Trouble: Study

Posted 26 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Aug. 26 – The newer blood thinner Effient is no more effective than the widely used Plavix in preventing death, heart attacks or strokes, new research finds. Nor is Effient (prasugrel) any safer than Plavix (clopidogrel) when it comes to bleeding complications in patients with acute coronary syndrome who have not had revascularization procedures such as bypass surgery or stenting. The ...

Guidelines Issued for New Blood Thinner Brilinta

Posted 16 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 16 – The new blood-thinning drug Brilinta should be considered along with older drugs to treat patients with unstable angina, according to updated guidelines. Unstable angina occurs when a partially blocked coronary artery deprives the heart of blood and oxygen. The updated guidelines were issued jointly by the American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and the ...

Rx for Heart Patients: Healthier Living, Medication

Posted 3 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 3 – A healthy lifestyle and appropriate medications can help people with heart disease live longer and avoid a heart attack or stroke, according to new guidelines from the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association. Following the updated recommendations can also improve quality of life, reduce the need for surgical procedures to open blocked ...

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