There are unacceptably high risks associated with oral blood thinners, most of which involve life threatening bleeding events, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Adverse Events database and a new systematic study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The issue was identified by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) in its fourth quarter QuarterWatch report. ISMP’s annual report focused on drugs and specific adverse reactions that affect large patient populations and involve substantial numbers of serious injuries. There were nearly 22,000 serious adverse events reports linked to use of anticoagulants, and in particular Xarelto, ... Read More
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