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Anticlotting Drug May Be Alternate to Warfarin

Study Shows Xarelto May Prevent Stroke and Blood Clots

Warfarin Drawbacks continued...

While no price has been set for Xarelto in the U.S., Pradaxa is expected to cost more than $6 per day. Generic warfarin costs much less than $1 a day, although the price of regular blood tests and insurance co-pays needs to be weighed in, Gibbons says.

The drugs are part of a class called Factor Xa inhibitors. They interfere with our body's own clotting mechanism, which, when out of control, can lead to strokes in the setting of AF or clots in the leg that can travel to the lung.

Johnson & Johnson and Bayer HealthCare funded the new study.

This study was presented at a medical conference. The findings should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.

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