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Research Highlights New Approaches to Prevent Blood Clots in Several High-Risk Patient Populations Including Largest Study Ever to Examine Use of Blood-Thinning Medication in Patients With Cancer
Date:12/7/2008

ting six to eight hours after surgery or twice-daily subcutaneous injections of enoxaparin beginning 12 to 24 hours after surgery for 10 to 14 days. Patients underwent mandatory, bilateral venography (X-ray of the vein) between days 11 and 15.

The primary endpoint of the study was the combined occurrences of deep-vein thrombosis, non-fatal pulmonary embolism, and all-cause mortality up to day 17. The main safety endpoint was major bleeding observed after one dose of the drug until two days after the end of treatment. Efficacy was determined first by a test for non-inferiority in the per-protocol population of 1,702 patients, followed by a test for superiority in the intention-to-treat population of 1,924 patients.

The results indicated that rivaroxaban significantly reduced the incidence of adverse events (the combination of blood clots and death) by 31 percent as compared with enoxaparin, with no significant increase in the rate of major bleeding events. Rivaroxaban and enoxaparin appeared equally effective at preventing major venous blood clots and pulmonary embolism.

American Society of Hematology 50th Annual Meeting

The study authors and press program moderator will be available for interviews after the press conference or by telephone. Additional press briefings will take place throughout the meeting on therapeutic strategies for platelet disorders, treatment advances in leukemia and lymphoma, improvements in stem cell therapies, and advances in screening and treatment for sickle cell disease.

The American Society of Hematology (www.hematology.org) is the world's largest professional society concerned with the causes and treatment of blood disorders. Its mission is to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic, a
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