Tuesday, April 17, 2007

New clot drugs beckon as replacements for warfarin

From Reuters:
A new crop of medicines to prevent stroke and blood clots could emerge within several years, easing dangers and hardships for patients and creating blockbuster sales for drugmakers.

The oral drugs could prove better and safer than injectable medicines such as heparin now widely used to cut the risk of dangerous blood clots in the legs and lungs after major surgery.

But makers of the new drugs say their biggest use would be as an alternative to warfarin, a pill used for decades by people with atrial fibrillation -- or irregular heartbeat -- to prevent strokes. An estimated two million Americans have been diagnosed with the heartbeat problem and the number is expected to double in the next 20 years. ...more

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