Navigation Links
AHRQ Announces Guide to Help Patients on Coumadin(R)/Warfarin Therapy
Date:5/22/2008

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality today released a new consumer publication, Your Guide to Coumadin(R)/Warfarin Therapy. This 20-page, easy-to-read patient brochure explains what patients should expect and watch out for while undergoing Coumadin(R)/warfarin therapy.

In 2005, more than 3.8 million Americans were taking Coumadin(R)/warfarin at an estimated cost of nearly $963 million, according to the latest data from AHRQ. Warfarin is a blood thinner that is used to help prevent blood clots that can cause a stroke, heart attack or other serious conditions. Clinicians sometimes prescribe it for other uses as well, and the booklet is intended to help patients who have been prescribed the drug to use it as safely as possible. Warfarin is the second most common drug -- after insulin -- implicated in emergency room visits for adverse drug events, according to HHS' Food and Drug Administration.

"Warfarin is an effective drug, but it must be used with special care to avoid dangerous bleeding," said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "Individuals respond differently to warfarin, so the dosage must be personalized to each patient, and it is necessary for patients and clinicians alike to be aware of the factors that make for safe use of the drug."

A simple blood test can quickly tell whether a patient is taking too much or too little warfarin. This brochure educates patients about their medication therapy and potentially dangerous side effects, explains how to communicate effectively with their health care providers and provides tips for lifestyle modifications. It also provides information on remembering when to take the medicine, learning how to stay safe while taking the medicine, maintaining a consistent diet and alerting health care providers to concurrent drugs and/or supplements patients are taking to avoid any potential adverse interactions.

This publication was developed through one of AHRQ's Partnership for Implementing Patient Safety (PIPS) grant projects at Kirkwood Community College. The project was led by James Levett, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at the Physicians Clinic of Iowa and Carla Huber, A.R.N.P., M.S., of the Cedar Rapids Healthcare Alliance. The purpose of PIPS grants is to assist consumers, clinicians and health care institutions in implementing safe practices that may eliminate or reduce medical errors, risks, hazards and harms associated with health care processes.

The new booklet can be found online at http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/coumadin.htm. It is also featured on the SOS Rx Coalition's Web site http://www.mybloodthinner.org. Free single copies of Your Guide to Coumadin(R)/Warfarin Therapy are available by calling the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at (800) 358-9295 or by sending an e-mail to AHRQPubs@ahrq.hhs.gov.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. JDRF announces 2008 Spring Research Review Award
2. SPO Medical Announces Entry into the Global Baby Monitor Consumer Market
3. GlaxoSmithKline Announces $500,000 in Fellowships at Stanford Graduate School of Business
4. STOP Obesity Alliance Announces New Research Indicating That Employers Want to Address Obesity in the Workplace, Need More Guidance
5. China Biologic Products Announces Approval for the Relocation of Fang Cheng Plasma Collection Station and for the Procurement of Excess Clinical Plasma
6. Worcester Polytechnic Institute announces 2008 Chairmans Exemplary Faculty Prize winners
7. Lilly Announces Changes in Key Leadership Roles
8. China Holdings Announces Development on TaiHu and Ongniute Biomass Power Plants/Projects
9. Perrigo Company Announces Collaborative Agreement for Generic Topical Products With Pentech
10. Crdentia Announces 2008 First Quarter Results
11. AVANT Immunotherapeutics Announces Hart-Scott Rodino Clearance to License Cancer Vaccine to Pfizer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes , which specializes ... of the facility as part of a disaster drill on October 3rd. , Apple ... Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the Connecticut Long Term Care Mutual ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset ... of specialty vendors and unique items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will ... services offered by the VNA. The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids Fun Run brought out many kids ... sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, is aimed at getting kids excited ... all ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, which is all about having fun ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... be giving viewers the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success ... focuses on current events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field”: the story of a missionary couple ... From the Mountains to the Mission Field” is the creation of published author, Carole ... and currently teaches a class of ladies at her church, which she has taught ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/27/2017)... Sept. 27, 2017  DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), a leading global digital ... its MyDario product is expected to appear on The Dr. Oz Show ... Oz Show airs in your area: http://www.doctoroz.com/page/where-watch-dr-oz-show ... The nine-time Emmy award-winning, The Dr. Oz Show kicked off ... The segment features ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... 25, 2017  EpiVax, Inc., a leader in ... immune-engineering today announced the launch of EpiVax Oncology ... personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax has provided $500,000 ... to enabling technologies to the new precision immunotherapy ... EpiVax Oncology as Chief Executive Officer. Gad brings ...
(Date:9/22/2017)...  As the latest Obamacare repeal effort moves is ... (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) medical device ... industry is in an odd place.  The industry wants ... tax on medical device sales passed along with the ... increased visits and hospital customers with the funding to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: