Which advances in anticoagulant delivery systems for deep venous thrombosis (DVT) are being investigated?

Updated: Jun 05, 2019
  • Author: Kaushal (Kevin) Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Park and Byun indicate that possibilities for advances in anticoagulant delivery systems include expansion of new oral agents and their antidotes, reducing the size of heparins, developing oral or topical heparins, and modifying physical or chemical formulations. [116]  For example, Ita suggests that transdermal delivery may potentially bypass known issues with heparin use, such as short half-life and unpredictable bioavailability, and offer improved patient compliance, convenience, ease of dosing termination, as well as avoid the first-pass effect. [112]

For more information, see General Principles of Anticoagulation in Deep Venous Thrombosis.

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