• Warfarin alternative drugs

    New Warfarin Alternative Drugs: everything you need to know

    Warfarin is the most used anticoagulant in the UK, with a history going back to the 1950s when it was approved for human use in 1954. Over 60 years later and the popularity of warfarin is indisputable. Two factors contributing to the wide use of warfarin are┬áthe effectiveness and low cost of the drug. However, as you are about to learn from this post, the prescribing of warfarin is in decline in place of warfarin alternative drugs, a new group of novel anticoagulant drugs known as Non-Vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOAC). I this post will review: warfarin mechanism of action and indicated use, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of…