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Betrixaban (Bevyxxa) for VTE Prophylaxis in Acute Medical Illness
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The FDA has approved betrixaban (Bevyxxa – Portola), a once-daily, oral, direct factor Xa inhibitor, for prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in adults hospitalized for an acute medical illness who have moderately or severely restricted mobility and other risk factors for VTE. Betrixaban is the first oral anticoagulant to be approved in the US for this indication.

PREVENTION OF VTE – Anticoagulant prophylaxis is recommended for hospitalized, immobilized medical patients with additional risk factors for VTE (e.g., active cancer, history of VTE, obesity). Use of unfractionated heparin, a low-molecular-weight heparin such as enoxaparin (Lovenox, and generics), or the direct factor Xa inhibitor fondaparinux (Arixtra, and generics) has been shown to reduce the risk of fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) by ~60% in such patients. Pharmacologic prophylaxis is not recommended for ... more      

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