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Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) Capsules Now on Formulary at Nation's Top Heart Hospitals
Date:7/21/2011

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BIPI) today announced that Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) capsules has been added to hospital formularies at 49 of the top 50 cardiology and heart surgery hospitals, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals 2011-2012, published online on July 19.  PRADAXA is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF).(1)

Atrial fibrillation (AFib), characterized by an irregular heartbeat,(2) increases the risk of stroke nearly five times.(3)  Approximately 80 percent of U.S. adults living with AFib are age 65 or older,(4) and many have other conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension, that further increase the risk of stroke.(2)  A Medicare claims database analysis showed that approximately 70 percent of NVAF patients are hospitalized each year.(5) Overall, annual hospital admissions for NVAF, as a primary or secondary diagnosis, total nearly 2.7 million or approximately seven percent of all hospital admissions in the U.S.(6)  

"At Boehringer Ingelheim, patients are our first priority and we've worked with hospitals across the country to support the addition of PRADAXA to formularies," said Wa'el Hashad, vice president, cardiovascular and metabolic disorders marketing, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "In the first seven months after approval, more than 250,000 patients were prescribed PRADAXA, suggesting this important treatment has been well received in the everyday clinical setting to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation."

PRADAXA is now included on formularies that insure about 90 percent of covered lives in the U.S.(7)  For those patients who may not otherwise be able to afford treatment, BIPI offers patient assista
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