The European Commission (EC) has approved an update to the label of rivaroxaban (Xarelto®, Bayer) to include a 10 mg once daily dose for the extended prevention of recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE). This label update applies to patients who have already received at least six months of standard anticoagulation therapy, and provides clinicians with an additional treatment option alongside the 20 mg once daily dose already licensed in this indication.
Current treatment recommendation for the prevention of recurrent VTE is anticoagulation therapy for three months or longer, depending on the balance between the risk of recurrent VTE and the risk of bleeding. However, the risk of patients with unprovoked VTE or with ongoing risk factors experiencing a second event is up to 10% in the first year if treatment is stopped. More than 25,000 people in the UK die from VTE every year.
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