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Bayer's Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) Becomes First Fixed Dose Once-Daily Anticoagulant Tablet Approved in the UK for Stroke Prevention in non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation; and the First Single Drug Regimen for Deep Vein Thrombosis
Date:12/19/2011

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The majority of patients suffering from a venous blood clot will experience a DVT alone. However, DVT can progress to become a potentially fatal PE if the blood clot breaks apart and travels to the lungs, ultimately blocking a blood vessel there. Even in the absence of a PE, DVT alone can have devastating and costly consequences such as post-thrombotic syndrome and an increased risk of recurring blood clots, and thus the achievement of treatment goals is critically important. The current treatment standard for DVT is the dual- drug approach of low molecular weight heparin administered by subcutaneous injection, with a VKA.

About Xarelto® (Rivaroxaban)

Rivaroxaban is an oral anticoagulant that was discovered in Bayer HealthCare's Pharmaceuticals' Wuppertal laboratories in Germany, and is being jointly developed by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C. It has a rapid onset of action with a predictable dose response and high bioavailability, no requirement for routine coagulation monitoring, as well as a limited potential for food and drug interactions. Like other similar medicines (antithrombotic agents), rivaroxaban may cause bleeding which may potentially be life threatening.

Rivaroxaban is marketed under the brand name Xarelto® for VTE prevention in adult patients following elective hip or knee replacement surgery. Rivaroxaban is approved in more than 110 countries worldwide and to date has been successfully launched in more than 85 countries by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals in this indication. In the U.S., where rivaroxaban has been successfully launched in July 2011, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson Company) holds marketing rights for rivaroxaban. The Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals sales force is supporting the Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in designated hospital accounts.

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