Astra Zeneca gets nod for anticoagulant drug, Health News, ET HealthWorld

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New Delhi: AstraZeneca Pharma India announced that it has received approval from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation for the import and marketing of Andexanet Alfa. The therapy addresses life-threatening or refractory bleeding associated with the use of Factor Xa (FXa) inhibitors, says a company statement.

FXa inhibitors are increasingly employed for preventing and treating thrombotic events, such as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, as well as in patients at high risk of stroke due to atrial fibrillation. While these medications effectively prevent unwanted clot formation, they also elevate the risk of major bleeding, which can be life-threatening.

Andexanet Alfa is a novel and life-saving antidote designed to reverse the effects of anticoagulant medications in emergency situations. It is well-tolerated and facilitates the early restart of anticoagulation following a bleeding event. The therapy is administered through an intravenous (IV) bolus over a duration of 15–30 minutes, followed by a 2-hour infusion.

The rise in the use of FXa inhibitors highlights the necessity for a specific reversal agent to mitigate the morbidity and mortality associated with major bleeding. Andexanet Alfa has demonstrated both efficacy and safety in clinical trials involving healthy subjects and patients with major life-threatening bleeding, it adds.

  • Published On Jan 21, 2024 at 03:43 PM IST

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