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Boehringer Ingelheim Announces Agreement to Study Real-World Use of Oral Anticoagulants
Date:8/15/2013

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boehringer Ingelheim, a research-based, global pharmaceutical company, today announced a multi-year agreement with Brigham and Women's Hospital, an internationally recognized teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School known for its excellence in patient care, medical research and training of outstanding young health professionals. Under this agreement, Brigham and Women's Hospital will conduct a long-term study program to assess comparative effectiveness and safety, as well as prescribing patterns, of oral anticoagulants, including PRADAXA, for the reduction of stroke risk in U.S. patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF).

The objective of this long-term study program is to better understand the real-world safety and effectiveness of warfarin and newer oral anticoagulants, including PRADAXA. Brigham and Women's Hospital will analyze claims data from UnitedHealth Group's research database, which is managed by one of the largest health care companies in the United States, serving more than 80 million individuals worldwide.

"It is our hope that the results of this study program will improve awareness that stroke risk related to NVAF is a growing public health issue and increase understanding of real-world experiences with new oral anticoagulants on the market to reduce stroke risk," said Sebastian Schneeweiss, vice chief, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Harvard Medical School. "This research will allow us to produce additional data over several years that will help the medical community and patients understand the risks and benefits of anticoagulants used to reduce the risk of stroke associated with non-valvular atrial fibrillation."

This study program demonstrates the commitment of Boehringer Ingelheim
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