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Study Shows That Low-Molecular Weight Heparin (LMWH) was Associated with Reduced Hospital Costs of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Treatment Compared with Unfractionated Heparin (UFH)
Date:12/10/2007

al term used to describe the formation of a blood clot (thrombus) that blocks a vein. This may occur in any part of the venous system, but the most common manifestations are deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), usually in the leg, and pulmonary embolism (PE).

VTE is also a common complication among acutely ill medical patients who have recently been immobilized, a population of medically-ill patients at particularly high-risk for VTE.

About Lovenox(R)

Lovenox(R) is an antithrombotic agent known as low-molecular weight heparin (LMWH). The number one selling low-molecular weight heparin in the world, Lovenox(R) is obtained by alkaline degradation of heparin benzyl ester and is about one-third the molecular size of unfractionated heparin. Lovenox(R) is the most widely studied LMWH, with 15 years of use in the treatment of 130 million patients in 96 countries.

Lovenox(R) is approved in the United States for the prophylaxis of ischemic complications of unstable angina and non-Q-wave (non-ST-segment elevation) myocardial infarction when concurrently administered with aspirin and for the prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which may lead to pulmonary embolism (PE); in patients undergoing abdominal surgery who are at risk for thromboembolic complications; in patients undergoing hip replacement surgery (during and following hospitalization), in patients undergoing knee replacement surgery; and in medical patients who are at risk for thromboembolic complications due to severely restricted mobility during acute illness; as well as for the inpatient treatment of acute DVT, with or without PE, when administered in conjunction with warfarin sodium and for the outpatient treatment of acute DVT without PE, when administered in conjunction with warfarin sodium.

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Certain procedures, called "epidural/spinal anesthesia" and "spinal puncture," may be used as a normal part of hospitalization. Patients requiring these proc
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