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New drug to prevent blood clots

30th November 2011

New draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) could see patients who undergo hip and knee surgery receiving a new drug called apixaban (brand name Eliquis) to reduce their risk of life-threatening blood clots.

Hip and knee replacement surgery is known to carry an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), which occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins of the body and NICE has now said apixaban may be considered as an option for these patients.

 

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