Randomised trial of a clinical dosing algorithm to start anticoagulation with phenprocoumon

Caduff Good, Angela and Nobel, Daniel and Krähenbühl, Stephan and Geisen, Christof and Henz, Samuel. (2013) Randomised trial of a clinical dosing algorithm to start anticoagulation with phenprocoumon. Swiss medical weekly, Vol. 143 , w13709.

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Prospective validation of two algorithms for the initiation of phenprocoumon treatment.; Inpatients with new-onset anticoagulation were randomised to one of two computer assisted dosing algorithms, or to a control arm. The primary outcome measure was the time to achieve therapeutic anticoagulation without overshooting (INR <4.0 within 10 days). Secondary outcomes included overshooting INR values, death, or bleeding within 30 days. In addition, predictors of the dosing algorithms for the loading dose and the maintenance dose including genetic parameters were reassessed.; 105 patients were randomised to arm A, 103 to arm B and 93 to the control arm. Arms A and B needed a median of 7 days to reach a therapeutic INR, arm C 6 days (p = 0.5). Overshooting INR was observed in 3.8%, 1.9% and 4.3% respectively (p = 0.6). Bleeding was found in 0%, 1.9%, and 5.4% (p = 0.06) and 30-day mortality was 0%, 1%, and 2.2% respectively (p = 0.2). VKORC1:c.-1639 G<A was associated with lower loading doses whereas VKORC1:c.-1453 G<A needed higher doses. VKORC1:c.-1639 G<A was also associated with lower maintenance doses.; Both algorithms allow safe initial dosing of phenprocoumon but they are not superior to anticoagulation by trained physicians. Dosing aids for coumarins with readily available clinical parameters may nevertheless be helpful for use in polymorbid hospitalised patients. Clinical data and the INR-response to treatment provides powerful information and delaying initiation of anticoagulation while awaiting genetic tests is not expected to increase drug safety.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Klinische Pharmakologie > Klinische Pharmakologie (Krähenbühl)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Klinische Pharmakologie > Klinische Pharmakologie (Krähenbühl)
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Pharmazeutische Wissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Pharmazie > Pharmakologie (Krähenbühl)
UniBasel Contributors:Krähenbühl, Stephan
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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