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American Stroke Association Late-Breaking Science Report: New Drug as Effective as Warfarin in Preventing Strokes in Atrial Fibrillation Patients With Prior Stroke or TIA
Date:2/26/2010

- Dabigatran is not approved in the United States but is available in other countries to prevent blood clots after elective hip and knee replacement surgery

SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The drug dabigatran was as effective as the currently recommended drug – warfarin – in preventing a subsequent stroke among people with atrial fibrillation and prior stroke or transient ischemic attack – and it did so with less bleeding according to late-breaking science presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2010.

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Dabigatran is a member of a new class of anti-clotting drugs called direct thrombin inhibitors.

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