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Medical News and Perspectives
February 15, 2006

New Oral Anticoagulants Show Promise

JAMA. 2006;295(7):743-744. doi:10.1001/jama.295.7.743

Atlanta—While blood clots are essential to prevent excessive bleeding from wounds, they can wreak havoc if they form abnormally and obstruct the flow of blood throughout the body, as can happen following some surgeries. Current anticoagulant therapies for such complications, while effective, have many limitations and adverse effects.

Researchers are thus seeking better alternatives for the millions of individuals who are prescribed anticoagulant drugs each year. Such efforts are beginning to bear fruit, according to researchers at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology here in December who presented promising findings about two novel oral anticoagulants for treating and preventing thromboembolic events following orthopedic surgery.

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