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Medicare Announces Expanded Coverage for Anticoagulation Patients, Opening the Door for More Patients to Test PT/INR at Home
Date:3/19/2008

T/INR values monitored by family practitioners.(2)

Studies also suggest that PT/INR self-testing is just as accurate as testing performed by a healthcare professional.

In a 2001 study published by the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, there were no significant differences between PT/INR results gathered from the laboratory and self-testing patients.(3) Performance testing with the CoaguChek XS System also showed a 97-percent correlation between results obtained by healthcare professionals and by patients testing themselves.(4)

"I feel comfortable with more of my patients monitoring from home because handheld meters like the CoaguChek XS System are easy to use, cause less pain and improve compliance," said Dr. Jacobson. "I also know the results will be consistent with the results from our office meter and from the lab."

Patients prefer fingerstick testing over painful venous draws, according to a 2002 study measuring the results of the Prothombin Office-Testing Benefit Evaluation (PROBE) published in Cardiovascular Reviews and Reports.(5) Several studies also show that the accuracy of results from fingerstick testing is comparable to that of outside laboratories.(6, 7)

For more information on the CoaguChek XS System for Patient Self-Testing, visit http://www.poc.roche.com .

About Anticoagulation Monitoring

Certain patients with atrial fibrillation, a mechanical heart valve or deep vein thrombosis require protection against thrombosis, or blood clots. They are typically put on lifelong oral anticoagulation therapy with warfarin sodium (e.g., Coumadin) to thin their blood. Each patient reacts differently to anticoagulant medications, so it is imperative to monitor therapeutic effects closely to minimize potential risks.

About CoaguChek products

Physicians have been using CoaguChek instruments for point-of-care PT/INR testing since 1994. Today, in th
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