The researchers found the risk of GI bleeding was lower for apixaban versus dabigatran or rivaroxaban.
Primary venous thromboembolism prophylaxis with apixaban, an oral direct Factor Xa inhibitor, in ambulatory cancer patients undergoing first- or second-line chemotherapy for advanced or metastatic cancer, is safe and well tolerated.
Older patients, females, and those with comorbidities were more likely to be on multiple medications.
While the use of NSAIDs was low in the ARISTOTLE trial, NSAID users had a higher risk for bleeding than non-users.
Different factor concentrates can reverse some of the alterations in hemostasis attributed to apixaban.
Lower rates seen for ischemic stroke or systemic embolism, GI bleeding or intracranial hemorrhage.
Apixaban is more effective than aspirin in reducing the risk of repeat stroke and systemic embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who are unsuitable for vitamin K antagonists (VKA) therapy.
Drugs in the Pipeline
Portola Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Pfizer announced results from the Phase 3 ANNEXA-A (Andexanet Alfa a Novel Antidote to the Anticoagulant Effects of FXa Inhibitors - Apixaban) study with andexanet alfa as a reversal agent for Eliquis (apixaban).