NICE backs blood clot combination

NICE has approved the use of the antiplatelet drug prasugrel in combination with aspirin as an option for preventing blood clots in patients with acute coronary syndromes.

The final guidance, published last week, recommends that patients should be offered pra-sugrel in combination with aspirin if they require treatment for ST-segment-elevation MI.

They should also receive the treatment if they have devel-oped a blood clot blocking a stent while receiving treatment with clopidogrel.

Diabetic patients should also be considered for the combination treatment, NICE has recommended.

Dr Carole Longson, director of NICE's Health Technology Evaluation Centre, said: 'There are a range of heart problems classed as acute coronary syndromes - these have a huge impact on the individuals affected.

'This new guidance recom-mending prasugrel in combina-tion with aspirin will offer an additional treatment option for these specific individuals at risk of blood clots,' Dr Longson added.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

More than one in five GPs have had COVID-19, poll suggests

More than one in five GPs have had COVID-19, poll suggests

More than one in five GPs may have had COVID-19, according to a BMA survey that shows...

Half of GP partners believe PCNs will improve patient care in the coming year

Half of GP partners believe PCNs will improve patient care in the coming year

Over half of GP partners believe primary care networks (PCNs) will have a positive...

GPs call for PCN mental health recruitment to be fast-tracked as cases surge

GPs call for PCN mental health recruitment to be fast-tracked as cases surge

Primary care networks (PCNs) must not be forced to wait until 2021 to recruit mental...

Free resources on MIMS Learning keep GPs updated on COVID-19

Free resources on MIMS Learning keep GPs updated on COVID-19

MIMS Learning has a range of free resources for healthcare professionals helping...

Locum GP exodus to salaried roles as COVID-19 pandemic hits income

Locum GP exodus to salaried roles as COVID-19 pandemic hits income

As many as 1,000 GPs may have quit locum work to take up salaried positions since...

Flexibility over PCN recruitment cash extended in bid to boost staff this year

Flexibility over PCN recruitment cash extended in bid to boost staff this year

NHS chiefs have added 'nurse associates' to the list of roles PCNs can hire this...