BRACKNELL, England, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
- Pradaxa® is as effective as warfarin in the treatment and secondary prevention of DVT and PE with significantly fewer major, or clinically relevant non-major bleeds, compared to warfarin1,2
Boehringer Ingelheim has announced that Pradaxa® will be commercially available in the UK for the treatment of DVT and PE and the prevention of recurrent DVT and PE in adults, from today.1,2
DVT and PE are dangerous conditions, with over 25,000 deaths estimated to occur in hospitalised patients each year in the UK.3 Pradaxa® gained approval from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in early June and was granted approval for the same indication by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this year.4
Dr. David Keeling, Consultant Haematologist, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
"Over 120,000 people in the UK are affected by DVT and PE every year and it remains one of the most preventable causes of death in patients admitted to hospital. Having novel oral anticoagulants approved and available for the treatment of venous thromboembolism as well as atrial fibrillation means the care of patients with thrombosis can also be simplified. With a predictable anticoagulation effect, routine anticoagulant monitoring becomes a thing of the past, and with few drug and no food interactions the simplicity of the new anticoagulants will appeal greatly to patients and doctors alike."
Clinical trial programme
European approval is based on results from three Phase III clinical trials that demonstrated the efficacy of Pradaxa® in the treatment of DVT and PE and prevention of recurrent DVT and PE in adults, compared to warfarin.5-7 In a fourth trial, data showed a reduction in the risk of recurrent DVT and PE in patients treated with Pradaxa®, compared to placebo.6
Additionally, the clinical trials showed that patients with DVT or PE taking Pradaxa® experienced lower rates of bleeding than those taking warfarin.1,2,5-7 Pradaxa® has the longest clinical trial experience in DVT and PE patients of any novel oral anticoagulant (NOAC).8-11
"We are delighted at the European Commission's decision to approve Pradaxa® as it has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of DVT and PE and prevention of recurrence, while also offering convenience through a fixed dose regimen that doesn't require routine anticoagulation monitoring," said Dr. Charles de Wet, UK Medical Director at Boehringer Ingelheim. "We are confident this decision will be similarly welcomed by both patients and clinicians."
Clinical convenience and reliability
Pradaxa® is convenient for patients as, unlike warfarin, it does not require routine anticoagulation monitoring.1,2,12 Patients with DVT or PE can start taking Pradaxa® in a fixed dose regimen after initial treatment with an injectable anticoagulant such as low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) for at least five days.1,2
Pradaxa® has been available for over six years and is approved in more than 100 countries for reducing the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and for primary prevention of VTE (venous thromboembolism, the collective term for DVT and PE) in patients who have undergone elective total hip or total knee replacement surgery.1,2,13
NOTES TO THE EDITORS
About Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate)
Pradaxa® has been in the market for more than six years and is approved in over 100 countries. The currently approved indications in Europe for Pradaxa® (75 mg, 110 mg and 150 mg doses) are:1,2,13
- Prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and a risk factor for stroke
- Primary prevention of venous thromboembolic events in patients undergoing elective total hip or knee replacement surgery
110 mg and 150 mg doses of Pradaxa® are further approved for:1,2
- Treatment of DVT and PE and the prevention of recurrent DVT and PE in adults
Pradaxa®, a direct thrombin inhibitor (DTI), was the first widely approved drug in a new generation of direct oral anticoagulants, available to address the high unmet medical need in the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic thromboembolic diseases.14,15 Antithrombotic effects are achieved with direct thrombin inhibitors by specifically blocking the activity of thrombin, the central enzyme in the process responsible for clot (thrombus) formation.14,15
Vitamin-K antagonists, such as warfarin, act differently to direct thrombin inhibitors by interfering with the cyclic interconversion of vitamin K and its 2,3 epoxide (vitamin K epoxide).16 Although effective, these agents have numerous limitations such as a slow onset of action and variable dose requirements as a result of, in part, differences in dietary intake of vitamin K and numerous drug-drug interactions.17 Pradaxa® provides effective, predictable and reproducible anticoagulation with a low potential for drug-drug interactions and no known drug-food interactions, without the need for routine coagulation monitoring.1,2,13,14
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