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Daiichi Sankyo Receives First Market Approval in Japan for LIXIANA® (edoxaban), a Direct Oral Factor Xa Inhibitor, for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism after Major Orthopedic Surgery
Date:4/22/2011

nt VTE, involving approximately 7,500 patients in 450 clinical sites in approximately 40 countries.(2)

Existing anticoagulants include heparins and vitamin K antagonists. Heparins are injectable, which is an important clinical consideration for patients who need long-term treatment. Vitamin K antagonists are given orally, but are associated with numerous drug and food interactions.(3)

Commenting on the future global potential for edoxaban, Kazunori Hirokawa, Global Head of R&D Unit, Daiichi Sankyo, said, "Edoxaban has been shown to be an effective anticoagulant for the prevention of VTE after major orthopedic surgery, with a predictable pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profile, which allows for a convenient, once-daily dosing."

About Venous Thromboembolism

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the term for the generation of a blood clot and the obstruction of a vein or a pulmonary artery by a blood clot. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) are types of VTE. DVT is a blood clot anywhere in the deep veins of the legs or pelvis. PE is caused by a clot that travels to the lungs, lodging in the pulmonary arteries.

About Edoxaban

Edoxaban is a once-daily oral anticoagulant that directly inhibits Factor Xa, an important factor in the coagulation process. Edoxaban is currently only approved in Japan, licensed for the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty, total hip arthroplasty and hip fracture surgery. Daiichi Sankyo continues to develop edoxaban at a global level as a potential new treatment for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, and the treatment and prevention of recurrent VTE. Notably, Daiichi Sankyo has more than 25 years experience conducting research in the area of Factor Xa inhibition and was the first company to study these compounds in humans.

About Daiichi Sankyo

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