FDA Recommends Against Anti Blood Clotting Drug
A negative review from the Food and Drug Administration recommends against Xarelto, an anti blood clotting drug used to prevent strokes in those with atrial fibrillation, according to news sources.
Atrial fibrillantion is a heart-rhythm disorder that increases one’s chance of a stroke. According to the staff review of the drug released by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, there was “a lack of substantial evidence that [the drug] will have its desired effect when used as recommended. The review also did not feel the drug was proven safe, and listed bleeding as a concern.
The panel of medical experts will further review the product for long-term use in these patients and release its recommendation by November. The drug is currently approved to be used as a short-term solution for blood clots of those undergoing knee or hip-replacement surgery. The staff has considered approving the drug for second or third choice of treatment.
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