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Three Anticoagulant Studies May Change Current Medical Practice Including New Data Revealing That Preventative Use of Aspirin and Heparin is Not Effective in Reducing Recurrent, Unexplained Miscarriages
Date:12/6/2009

he urine, occurred in 32 patients (5.4 percent) taking rivaroxaban. In the placebo arm, there were no incidences of major bleeding, though seven patients (1.2 percent) experienced non-major bleeding. After the study medication was stopped, six symptomatic recurrent VTE events occurred in each group during a one-month observational period.

"The results of this study are very compelling," said lead study author Harry R. Buller, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine in the Department of Vascular Medicine at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. "For these patients in danger of having another VTE event, rivaroxaban lowered their risk by 82 percent without significantly increasing their risk of major bleeding. This once-daily pill provides the clinician with a simple option for patients in whom continued anticoagulant treatment is indicated."

Dr. Buller will present this study in the Late-Breaking Abstracts Session on Tuesday, December 8, at 7:30 a.m. in Hall F.

American Society of Hematology 51st Annual Meeting

The study authors and press program moderator will be available for interviews after the press conference or by telephone. Additional press briefings will take place throughout the meeting on preventing complications and improving outcomes in transplantation, advances in diagnosing and treating leukemia and myeloproliferative disorders, developments in cancer care and quality of life, and new trends and treatment options for sickle cell disease. For the complete annual meeting program and abstracts, visit www.hematology.org/2009abstracts. Up-to-date annual meeting information can also be obtained by following ASH on Twitter at ASH_hematology.

The American Society of Hematology (www.hematology.org) is the world's largest professional society concerned
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