Reduction in the length of stay with rivaroxaban as a single-drug regimen for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism

B. van Bellen, L. Bamber, F. Correa de Carvalho, M. Prins, M. Wang, A.W.A. Lensing

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Abstract

Objective: The phase III EINSTEIN DVT and EINSTEIN PE trials demonstrated the potential of oral rivaroxaban for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). The length of initial hospitalization in patients presenting with either symptomatic DVT or PE was assessed using hospitalization records from these trials.

Methods: Analyses were carried out in the intention-to-treat population, using non-parametric and parametric statistical methods.

Results: Overall, 52% (1781/3434) of EINSTEIN DVT patients and 90% (4328/4821) of EINSTEIN PE patients were admitted to hospital. The proportion of hospitalized patients with a length of stay of five or fewer days receiving rivaroxaban was 54% compared with 31% for enoxaparin/vitamin K antagonist (VKA) in patients with DVT. For patients with PE, the corresponding values were 45% and 33%. Stays of 6-10 days were observed in 29% of rivaroxaban-treated patients compared with 45% of enoxaparin/VKA-treated patients for DVT. For patients with PE, these values were 39% and 46% in the rivaroxaban and enoxaparin/VKA groups, respectively. Overall, length of stay was significantly shorter in the rivaroxaban group, compared with the enoxaparin/VKA group across all analyses performed (p

Conclusion: A single-drug regimen with rivaroxaban may reduce the burden on healthcare systems and patients, and provides effective and well tolerated treatment. The studies shared an open-label design that allowed comparison of initial hospitalization, but limitations include the well monitored clinical trial setting in which decisions on admission and discharge could vary from real-world management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-837
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Medical Research and Opinion
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Hospitalization
  • Length stay
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Rivaroxaban
  • MOLECULAR-WEIGHT HEPARIN
  • VENOUS THROMBOEMBOLISM
  • OUTPATIENT TREATMENT
  • ORAL RIVAROXABAN
  • ANTITHROMBOTIC THERAPY
  • COST-EFFECTIVENESS
  • EARLY DISCHARGE
  • MANAGEMENT
  • HOME
  • ANTICOAGULANTS

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