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AHA: Gene Test Predicts Who Won't Benefit From Blood Thinner Plavix

Posted 3 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 3, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Heart stent patients with a certain gene mutation may need to consider alternatives to Plavix, a commonly prescribed blood thinner, a new study suggests. Researchers reported Tuesday that mutation-carrying patients are much less likely to have or die from a heart attack, stroke or other major complication within a year if they take a ...

Cutting Co-Pays Helps Heart Patients Take Their Meds

Posted 14 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – People who've had a heart attack are more likely to be prescribed and take recommended blood-thinning drugs if they get vouchers to waive their co-payments, a new study shows. The finding comes from a study of 11,000 people treated for heart attack at 300 U.S. hospitals. All of the patients had health insurance: 64 percent had private insurance, 42 percent were ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Clopidogrel Tablets USP, 75 mg by International Laboratories: Recall - Product Mislabeling

Posted 14 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: International Laboratories, LLC is voluntarily recalling Lot# 117099A of Clopidogrel Tablets, USP 75 mg, packaged in bottles of 30 tablets, to the consumer level due to mislabeling. The product is labeled as Clopidogrel Tablets USP, 75 mg but may contain Clopidogrel 75mg or Simvastatin Tablets USP 10 mg. Missed doses of Clopidogrel increases the risk of heart attack and stroke which can be ...

Are Blood Thinners Overused in Patients With Irregular Heartbeat?

Posted 17 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 – Many people living with the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation may be taking unneeded blood thinners, a new study suggests. These blood thinners, which include aspirin, Plavix and warfarin, are believed to reduce the risk of stroke that can come with atrial fibrillation. But for many atrial fibrillation patients with a low stroke risk, the medications ...

Study Tracks Bleeding Risk From Common Blood Thinners

Posted 28 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 – Blood thinners can help prevent dangerous clots, but they also come with risks for excess bleeding. Now, new research shows that use of the medications does boost the odds of "subdural hematomas" – bleeds occurring within the skull and near the brain. And some blood thinners carry higher risk than others. The Danish research team stressed that the results don't mean ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Plavix (clopidogrel): Drug Safety Communication - Long-term Treatment Does Not Change Risk of Death

Posted 8 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: An FDA review has determined that long-term use of the blood-thinning drug Plavix (clopidogrel) does not increase or decrease overall risk of death in patients with, or at risk for, heart disease. FDA evaluation of the Dual Antiplatelet Therapy (DAPT) trial and several other clinical trials also does not suggest that clopidogrel increases the risk of cancer or death from cancer. In order ...

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 ...

Stents Meant to Prevent Stroke May Actually Boost Risk

Posted 24 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 – Using stents rather than medication alone to keep narrowed arteries open in the brain may actually increase patients' risk of stroke, according to the results of a new trial. The study involved more than 100 patients at risk of stroke because of what's called intracranial arterial stenosis – plaque build-up in the artery walls in the brain. Those who received ...

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. ...

Could Too Much Medication for Irregular Heartbeat Raise Dementia Risk?

Posted 16 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 – People with atrial fibrillation who are overtreated with anti-clotting drugs may be doubling their risk for dementia, a new study suggests. Atrial fibrillation causes the upper chambers of the heart to contract quickly and irregularly. These abnormal contractions allow blood to pool in the heart, forming clots that can cause a stroke if they break off and are carried into ...

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 ...

Many Delay Blood Thinners After Stent Placement, Risking Death

Posted 28 May 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 – Many patients undergoing coronary stent placement don't fill their prescription for vital blood-thinning medication within the recommended time frame, a lapse leaving them much more likely to die within a month, new research suggests. Researchers found that 30 percent of stent patients neglect to start taking Plavix (clopidogrel) as directed within three days of ...

Morphine, Blood Thinner Plavix a Bad Mix for Heart Attack Victims: Study

Posted 4 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2013 – Morphine appears to reduce the effectiveness of the commonly used blood-thinning drug Plavix, which could hamper emergency-room efforts to treat heart attack victims, Austrian researchers report. The finding could create serious dilemmas in the ER, where doctors have to weigh a heart patient's intense pain against the need to break up and prevent blood clots, said Dr. ...

Drug Combo May Reduce Risk of Second Stroke: Study

Posted 26 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 26 – After suffering a stroke or a mini-stroke, patients are usually given aspirin to prevent clots that can cause another stroke. Now a new study suggests that adding the drug Plavix (clopidogrel) to the mix can reduce the risk of a second stroke by nearly a third over aspirin alone. Both drugs target clotting agents in the blood, called platelets, preventing them from grouping ...

Shopping Around Brings Steep Prescription Drug Savings, Report Finds

Posted 28 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 28 – Prescription drug prices at U.S. pharmacies can vary widely, and failing to shop around could result in people overpaying by as much as $100 or more a month on average, depending on the drug, a new study finds. Researchers at Consumer Reports called more than 200 pharmacies across the United States to get retail prices (out-of-pocket costs) for a one-month supply of five ...

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