Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) today announced results of a post-hoc subanalysis from the Phase III ARISTOTLE trial. Patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) who are anticoagulated to reduce the risk of stroke often undergo procedures for which temporary discontinuation of the anticoagulant prior to and following the procedure is sometimes warranted. This subanalysis describes the overall rates of key post-procedural outcomes, such as stroke or systemic embolism and major bleeding, among Eliquis and warfarin patients who underwent a procedure during the ARISTOTLE trial, and examined any differences in post-procedural events according to whether or not study drug was interrupted. This subanalysis was presented today at the ESC Congress 2013, organized by the European Society of Cardiology, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The results showed that in the 30-day period following a procedure, rates of clinical events (stroke or systemic embolism, major bleeding, and all-cause death) were comparable in the Eliquis and warfarin treatment arms. Among patients treated with Eliquis, event rates in the 30-day period following a procedure were similar whether Eliquis was stopped prior to the procedure or continued during the procedure. In patients taking warfarin, there was at least a twofold higher rate of major bleeding and death during the 30-day period following a procedure when warfarin was continued during the procedure compared to when warfarin was stopped prior to the procedure. “For patients with NVAF who undergo procedures, the rate of anticoagulation-related adverse events appears to be similar whether the patient is chronically anticoagulated with apixaban or warfarin,” said study lead investigator Dr. Renato Lopes of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. “For NVAF patients for whom interruption of anticoagulation for a procedure is required, these findings suggest that using apixaban instead of warfarin, which is more challenging to stop and restart, may simplify the management of peri-operative anticoagulation in NVAF patients.”
There were 11,417 procedures in 6,162 patients from the 18,201 patients enrolled in the ARISTOTLE trial. The most common procedures were dental extraction/oral surgery, colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, and ophthalmic surgery. For 4,082 (35.8 percent) procedures, study drug was not stopped. In the 7,335 procedures (64.2 percent) where study drug was stopped, the median time of study drug stop was four days before the procedure for both Eliquis and warfarin-treated patients. The procedures were classified as major if they required general anesthesia, and procedures were also classified as emergent or non-emergent by investigators.Among patients undergoing procedures in the ARISTOTLE trial, stroke and systemic embolism were uncommon and the 30-day post-procedure rates for these events were not statistically different in the two treatment arms (0.33 percent for Eliquis vs. 0.53 percent for warfarin). Major bleeding occurred in a comparable number of patients 30 days post-procedure in the two treatment arms (1.57 percent for Eliquis vs. 1.81 percent for warfarin). In patients taking Eliquis, the rates of post-procedural stroke or systemic embolism and major bleeding were similar whether Eliquis was interrupted or continued. In patients taking warfarin, the rates of post-procedure major bleeding and death appeared higher when warfarin was continued compared to when it was interrupted. “The current results do not include analyses for individual procedure types and therefore decisions whether to interrupt apixaban or warfarin prior to procedures should be based on consideration of procedural bleeding risk and patient thrombotic risk,” said Dr. Lopes. “In addition, further analyses, including analyses according to type of procedures and timing, are ongoing to better define these relationships.” The U.S. Prescribing Information for Eliquis states that Eliquis should be discontinued at least 48 hours prior to elective surgery or invasive procedures with a moderate or high risk of unacceptable or clinically significant bleeding. Eliquis should be discontinued at least 24 hours prior to elective surgery or invasive procedures with a low risk of bleeding or where the bleeding would be noncritical in location and easily controlled. The U.S. Prescribing Information for Eliquis also includes a Boxed Warning for patients who discontinue treatment. Patients on Eliquis who discontinue treatment are at an increased risk of thrombotic events. About ARISTOTLE The ARISTOTLE study was designed to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of Eliquis versus warfarin for the prevention of stroke or systemic embolism. In ARISTOTLE, 18,201 patients were randomized (9,120 patients to Eliquis and 9,081 to warfarin). ARISTOTLE was an active-controlled, randomized, double-blind, multi-national trial in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, and at least one additional risk factor for stroke. Patients were randomized to treatment with Eliquis 5 mg orally twice daily (or 2.5 mg twice daily in selected patients, representing 4.7 percent of all patients) or warfarin (target INR range 2.0-3.0), and followed for a median of 1.8 years. About Atrial Fibrillation Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart beat). It is estimated that approximately 5.8 million Americans and six million individuals in Europe have atrial fibrillation. The lifetime risk of developing atrial fibrillation is estimated to be approximately 25 percent for individuals 40 years of age or older. One of the most serious medical concerns for individuals with atrial fibrillation is the increased risk of stroke, which is five times higher in people with atrial fibrillation than those without atrial fibrillation. In fact, 15 percent of all strokes are attributable to atrial fibrillation in the U.S. Additionally, strokes due to atrial fibrillation are more burdensome than strokes due to other causes. Atrial fibrillation-related strokes are more severe than other strokes, with an associated 30-day mortality of 24 percent and a 50 percent likelihood of death within one year in patients who are not treated with an antithrombotic.
About Eliquis ®Eliquis ® (apixaban) is an oral direct Factor Xa inhibitor. By inhibiting Factor Xa, a key blood clotting protein, Eliquis prevents thrombin generation and blood clot formation. Eliquis is approved to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation in the United States, European Union (which includes 28 member states plus Iceland and Norway), Japan and a number of other countries around the world. Eliquis is approved for prevention of venous thromboembolic events (VTE) in adult patients who have undergone elective hip or knee replacement surgery in the European Union (which includes 28 member states plus Iceland and Norway) and a number of other countries around the world. Eliquis is not approved for this indication in the U.S. or Japan. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR ELIQUIS BOXED WARNING: DISCONTINUING ELIQUIS IN PATIENTS WITHOUT ADEQUATE CONTINUOUS ANTICOAGULATION INCREASES RISK OF STROKE. Discontinuing ELIQUIS places patients at an increased risk of thrombotic events. An increased rate of stroke was observed following discontinuation of ELIQUIS in clinical trials in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. If anticoagulation with ELIQUIS must be discontinued for a reason other than pathological bleeding, coverage with another anticoagulant should be strongly considered. CONTRAINDICATIONS - Active pathological bleeding - Severe hypersensitivity reaction to ELIQUIS (apixaban) (i.e., anaphylactic reactions) WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS Increased Risk of Stroke with Discontinuation of ELIQUIS: Discontinuing ELIQUIS in the absence of adequate alternative anticoagulation increases the risk of thrombotic events. An increased rate of stroke was observed during the transition from ELIQUIS to warfarin in clinical trials in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. If ELIQUIS must be discontinued for a reason other than pathological bleeding, consider coverage with another anticoagulant. Bleeding Risk: ELIQUIS increases the risk of bleeding and can cause serious, potentially fatal bleeding. Concomitant use of drugs affecting hemostasis increases the risk of bleeding including aspirin and other anti-platelet agents, other anticoagulants, heparin, thrombolytic agents, SSRIs, SNRIs, and NSAIDs. Patients should be made aware of signs or symptoms of blood loss and instructed to immediately report to an emergency room. Discontinue ELIQUIS in patients with active pathological hemorrhage. There is no established way to reverse the anticoagulant effect of apixaban, which can be expected to persist for about 24 hours after the last dose (i.e., about two half-lives). A specific antidote for ELIQUIS is not available. Because of high plasma protein binding, apixaban is not expected to be dialyzable. Protamine sulfate and vitamin K would not be expected to affect the anticoagulant activity of apixaban. There is no experience with antifibrinolytic agents (tranexamic acid, aminocaproic acid) in individuals receiving apixaban. There is neither scientific rationale for reversal nor experience with systemic hemostatics (desmopressin and aprotinin) in individuals receiving apixaban. Use of procoagulant reversal agents such as prothrombin complex concentrate, activated prothrombin complex concentrate, or recombinant factor VIIa may be considered but has not been evaluated in clinical studies. Activated charcoal reduces absorption of apixaban thereby lowering apixaban plasma concentrations. Prosthetic Heart Valves: The safety and efficacy of ELIQUIS has not been studied in patients with prosthetic heart valves and is not recommended in these patients. ADVERSE REACTIONS The most common and most serious adverse reactions reported with ELIQUIS (apixaban) were related to bleeding.
DISCONTINUATIONS FOR SURGERY AND OTHER INTERVENTIONSELIQUIS should be discontinued at least 48 hours prior to elective surgery or invasive procedures with a moderate or high risk of unacceptable or clinically significant bleeding. ELIQUIS should be discontinued at least 24 hours prior to elective surgery or invasive procedures with a low risk of bleeding or where the bleeding would be noncritical in location and easily controlled. DRUG INTERACTIONS Strong Dual Inhibitors of CYP3A4 and P-gp: Inhibitors of CYP3A4 and P-gp increase exposure to apixaban and increase the risk of bleeding. Decrease the dose of ELIQUIS to 2.5 mg twice daily when coadministered with drugs that are strong dual inhibitors of CYP3A4 and P-gp, (e.g., ketoconazole, itraconazole, ritonavir, or clarithromycin). In patients already taking ELIQUIS at a dose of 2.5 mg twice daily, avoid coadministration with strong dual inhibitors of CYP3A4 and P-gp. Strong Dual Inducers of CYP3A4 and P-gp: Inducers of CYP3A4 and P-gp decrease exposure to apixaban and increase the risk of stroke. Avoid concomitant use of ELIQUIS with strong dual inducers of CYP3A4 and P-gp (e.g., rifampin, carbamazepine, phenytoin, St. John’s wort) because such drugs will decrease exposure to apixaban. Anticoagulants and Antiplatelet Agents: Coadministration of antiplatelet agents, fibrinolytics, heparin, aspirin, and chronic NSAID use increases the risk of bleeding. APPRAISE-2, a placebo-controlled clinical trial of apixaban in high-risk post-acute coronary syndrome patients treated with aspirin or the combination of aspirin and clopidogrel, was terminated early due to a higher rate of bleeding with apixaban compared to placebo. PREGNANCY CATEGORY B There are no adequate and well-controlled studies of ELIQUIS in pregnant women. Treatment is likely to increase the risk of hemorrhage during pregnancy and delivery. ELIQUIS should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk to the mother and fetus.
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