NICE approves a new drug to prevent blood clots after knee and hip surgery

Source:  NICE  

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Date of publication: 23 January 2012

Publication type:  Guideline

In a nutshell:  NICE recommends apixaban as a possible treatment to reduce the risk of venous thromboembolism in adults.  It is recommended because it works more effectively and costs less than one of  the most commonly used drugs available on the NHS that is used to reduce the risk of thromboembolism.  apixaban should be given shortly after surgery and for a few weeks after this to prevent VTE.

Length of publication: 42 pages

Some important notes:   Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text.  Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement:  NICE

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