NICE says final yes to Bayer's Xarelto for blood clots
This article was originally published in Scrip
In final guidance published today, NICE, the health technology appraisals institute for England and Wales, has recommended Bayer's anticoagulant Xarelto (rivaroxaban) for treating deep vein thrombosis and preventing recurrent DVT and pulmonary embolism in adults diagnosed with DVT. The guidance marks the first time in 20 years that patients will have an alternative to current dual therapy approach.
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