Safety and Efficacy of Apixaban Versus Warfarin in Patients With Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease.

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Safety and Efficacy of Apixaban Versus Warfarin in Patients With Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease.

Ann Pharmacother. 2018 Jun 01;:1060028018781853

Authors: Schafer JH, Casey AL, Dupre KA, Staubes BA

Abstract
BACKGROUND: Because of a lack of comparative data on anticoagulant use in the advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) population, guidelines recommend warfarin for atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism (VTE) treatment in these patients. However, apixaban has specific dosing recommendations in CKD leading to use in clinical practice.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate major bleeding, stroke, and thromboembolism rates in patients with CKD stage 4, stage 5, and dialysis on apixaban or warfarin therapy.
METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of patients with advanced CKD receiving apixaban or warfarin. The primary outcome was the occurrence of major bleeding at 3 months after enrollment. Secondary outcomes included occurrence of major bleeding, occurrence of ischemic stroke, and recurrence of VTE at 3 to 6 and 6 to 12 months.
RESULTS: A total of 604 patients were included in the analysis. The percentage of apixaban and warfarin patients with a major bleed at 0 to 3, 3 to 6, and 6 to 12 months were 8.3% versus 9.9% ( P=0.48), 1.4% versus 4% ( P=0.07), and 1.5% versus 8.4% ( P<0.001), respectively. There were no differences in rates of ischemic stroke or recurrent VTE at any time period. Conclusion and Relevance: Patients with advanced CKD taking apixaban had similar bleeding rates at 3 months compared with those taking warfarin. However, those who continued therapy had higher major bleeding rates with warfarin between 6 and 12 months. This study provides knowledge on the effects of a direct oral anticoagulant in a population that was excluded from all major trials.

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