A New Option for Reversing the Anticoagulant Effect of Factor Xa Inhibitors: Andexanet Alfa (ANDEXXA)

The use of direct oral anticoagulants over traditional warfarin has increased in the United States over the past 10 years because of advantages such as ease of use, predictable pharmacokinetic response, and safety. In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved idarucizumab (Praxbind) for the reversal of the direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran, but no reversal agent has been available for oral factor Xa (FXa) inhibitors until recently. Andexanet alfa was approved in May 2018, under the brand name ANDEXXA, for the reversal of 2 of FXa inhibitors, apixaban and rivaroxaban, when life-threatening or uncontrolled bleeding occurs.

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