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2008-12-22 11:25:36

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have determined the optimal dose-management strategy to derive maximal benefit from warfarin therapy and improve patient outcomes. Results of the study appear online in the December 2008 issue of the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Warfarin is highly effective to prevent strokes, treat venous thromboembolism and for other conditions. Numerous studies have focused on the underutilization of warfarin for patients with atrial...

2008-11-03 09:00:39

ARYx Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:ARYX), a biopharmaceutical company, today announced it has completed enrollment in EmbraceAC, a Phase 2/3 double-blind clinical trial comparing its oral anticoagulation therapy, ATI-5923, against the leading anticoagulant agent, warfarin. The purpose of the trial is to evaluate whether ATI-5923 is superior to warfarin in its ability to maintain patients within a target therapeutic range of the level of anticoagulation as measured by INR (International Normalized...

2008-10-30 09:00:40

SeraCare Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: SRLS) launched the Company's anticipated genetic controls business with the introduction of two new products at the Association for Molecular Pathology 2008 Annual Meeting. Initial products launched include ACCURUN(R) 601 controls for diagnostic testing of warfarin sensitivity and ACCURUN(R) 610 controls for thrombophilia testing, which were developed internally by SeraCare. Additionally, the Company announced that it has entered into an exclusive...

2008-10-28 12:30:00

U.S. scientists say they're using DNA extracted from saliva to customize prescriptions and solve dosing problems that often confound doctors and patients. By using DNA to customize a prescription, researchers at Temple University's School of Pharmacy hope to prevent adverse drug reactions. At the top of the list of problem drugs is warfarin (Coumadin), the most widely prescribed anticoagulant. The researchers say they're trying to find the correlation between genotypes and the correct...

2008-10-27 18:00:10

Proper instructions of how to take the blood thinning drug warfarin resulted in less risk of bleeding complications, U.S. researchers said. The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, also indicated patients who see only one physician and fill their prescription at a single pharmacy were 60 percent less likely to experience serious bleeding events. The researchers theorize that improved patient communication -- which...

2008-09-30 16:00:00

People who take the blood thinning drug warfarin may have larger amounts of bleeding in the brain and increased risk of death, U.S. researchers said. Study author Dr. Matthew L. Flaherty of the University of Cincinnati said warfarin is commonly prescribed to prevent blood clotting to prevent heart attacks. Studies have shown it helps prevent ischemic stroke for patients with an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. However, if the drug makes the blood too thin, it can increase...

2008-09-05 06:00:23

Inverness Medical Physician Diagnostics Group, a division of Inverness Medical Innovations, today announced the launch of the INRatio(R)2 PT/INR Monitoring System, a portable device that measures blood-clotting time, also known as prothrombin time, using one drop of blood from a patient's finger. The INRatio2 is used by healthcare professionals and their patients in the management of warfarin, a blood-thinning drug, to monitor the effectiveness of the drug and warn of potential blood clots...

2008-07-31 12:01:05

Speaking at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) 2008 Conference and Exhibition in Washington, DC, James White, Chief Executive, Osmetech plc (LSE:OMH), confirmed that following receipt of its 510(k) clearance last week from the US Food & Drug Administration ('FDA'), the Company has now commenced shipments of its second generation eSensor(R) XT-8 molecular diagnostics platform and Warfarin Sensitivity Test. Mr White said: "We are delighted with the initial response...

2008-07-30 21:00:19

By Lydia Gehring A special request came to me last week. A friend asked for a list of Vitamin K foods. Without giving me any other information she said that it was important to know more about Vitamin K. Usually Vitamin K is limited in the diet while taking the drug Warfarin, also known as Coumadin. This drug acts as an anti- coagulant. This means that when a person's blood is too thick and forms clots, the risk for heart attack, stroke and other serious medical problems increases....

2008-07-22 12:01:09

Osmetech has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its eSensor warfarin sensitivity test to be used as an aid in the identification of patients at risk for increased sensitivity to the widely used blood-thinning drug, warfarin. The company has also announced that the FDA clearance includes its second generation eSensor XT-8 molecular diagnostics platform. Osmetech's eSensor warfarin sensitivity test detects the three genetic markers that are known to play a critical role in...


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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.