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PubMed | A Institute For Pharmakologie Und Praventive Medizin and b Institute for Research and Medicine Advancement IRM
Type: | Journal: Expert review of clinical pharmacology | Year: 2016

With the rising prevalence of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) in the general population, the development of new drugs for prevention of thromboembolic events is essential. Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have been shown to present a number of advantages over conventionally used agents, such as predictable pharmacokinetics and no requirement for continuous anticoagulant monitoring. The most recently approved NOAC for the NVAF indication is edoxaban. Several subgroup analyses from the edoxaban phase III ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 trial have now been published, alongside meta-analysis data comparing the four currently approved NOACs. Consequently, an updated review of the literature is merited. Areas covered: A PubMed search using the terms edoxaban, non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant, ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48, and atrial fibrillation was performed and results screened for the most relevant English language publications. The market position, pharmacological profile, clinical efficacy, safety and tolerability of edoxaban are presented and discussed. Expert commentary: Edoxaban has been shown to have an efficacy similar or superior to that of warfarin, with a potentially lower risk of major bleeding and predictable, dose-dependent pharmacology. In order to clarify its position within the NOAC market, head-to-head comparative studies are required.

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