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Newer Blood Thinner May Pose Danger to Trauma Patients
Date:11/23/2011

nts and their health care providers and should take into consideration the overall benefits and risks associated with various treatment options."

Pradaxa is not the only new-generation blood thinner to be approved recently -- the anti-clotting drug Brilinta (ticagrelor) gained FDA approval for use in heart patients in July. However, according to Ansell, there is no "reversability" problem with Brilinta.

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The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more on blood thinners.

SOURCES: Bryan Cotton, M.D., trauma surgeon and intensivist, Memorial Hermann Hospital and University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston; Lisandro Irizarry, M.D., chair of emergency medicine, Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York City; Jack Ansell, M.D., chairman, department of medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Nov. 23, 2011, statement, Boehringer Ingelheim US, Ridgefield, Conn.; Nov. 24, 2011, New England Journal of Medicine


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