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Letters New oral anticoagulants

The lack of antidotes for new oral anticoagulants

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 12 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1438
  1. Hilary Wallace, specialist trainee year 4, anaesthesia1,
  2. Mark W Davies, consultant in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine1
  1. 1Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Liverpool, UK
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Warfarin is a bit like great aunt Mabel’s old car—slow, uneconomical, temperamental, and often in need of repair—but still reasonably reliable. A classic motor that starts, stops, and shakes.

Perhaps great aunt Mabel might be better with a new car from the nice garage down the road: the “NOAC (new oral anticoagulant) roadster” is more comfortable, more economical, and has much longer service …

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