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Effient(TM) is Now Available in Pharmacies
Date:8/5/2009

how Effient works and who the appropriate patients are to receive this innovative treatment."

"We recognize the need for practical patient support and education during this difficult time in patients' lives, following a major cardiovascular event and possibly having a stent placed in an artery," said Joe Pieroni, president and chief executive officer for Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. "We are dedicated to developing highly relevant, evidence-based programs to help patients recover as well as regain their health and confidence."

Important Safety Information about Effient

Antiplatelet medicines, including Effient, can increase the risk of bleeding. If patients have unexplained or excessive bleeding while on Effient, they should contact their doctor right away as some bleeding can be serious, and sometimes may lead to death. Patients should not take Effient if they have a stomach ulcer or other conditions that cause bleeding or if they have a history of stroke or "mini-stroke" (transient ischemic attack or TIA).

If patients are 75 or older, or if they weigh less than 132 pounds, or if they are taking anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) or taking NSAIDs (eg, ibuprofen or naproxen) for a long time, they should talk to their doctor, as they may be at an increased risk of bleeding.

If patients plan to have surgery or a dental procedure, they should tell their doctors that they are taking Effient.

Patients should not stop taking Effient without first talking to the doctor who prescribed it for them, as this may result in increased risk of a clot in their stent, a heart attack or death.

Patients should get medical attention right away if they develop any of the following unexpected symptoms: fever, weakness, yellowing of the skin or eyes, or if skin becomes very pale or dotted with purple spots. These symptoms may be signs of a rare but potentially life-thr
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