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Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) Capsules Gains Preferred Formulary Status with AARP®, Nation's Largest Provider of Medicare Part D Coverage
Date:5/19/2011

t of NVAF patients in the U.S.  This now includes nearly 50 percent of Medicare beneficiaries.  For those patients who may not otherwise be able to afford treatment, BIPI offers patient assistance programs to help provide coverage for the costs of their medications.

Findings from the pivotal, Phase III RE-LY® trial showed that PRADAXA 150 mg taken twice daily significantly reduced stroke and systemic embolism by 35 percent beyond the reduction achieved with warfarin in patients with NVAF.(1) Effects of PRADAXA were more apparent in patients with lower levels of INR (international normalized ratio) control.(1)  Dabigatran was recently recommended in an update to atrial fibrillation treatment guidelines.  PRADAXA is approved to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in more than 15 countries, including Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Israel.  In addition, the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use recently issued a positive recommendation for PRADAXA in the member states of the EU for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

About Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

Atrial fibrillation, characterized by an irregular heartbeat,(4) can cause blood clots to form in the heart that can travel to the brain and cause a stroke.(4)  An estimated 2.3 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation,(2) and the prevalence is expected to increase to 5.6 million by 2050.(2) Non-valvular AFib refers to cases of atrial fibrillation without rheumatic mitral valve disease, prosthetic heart valve or valve repair, according to the 2006 ACC/AHA/ESC guidelines.(3) Atrial fibrillation imposes a substantial economic burden to the healthcare system,(5) specifically the high costs associated with stroke.(6)

About Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate) Capsules

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