Is fondaparinux effective in the treatment of deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?

Updated: Jun 05, 2019
  • Author: Kaushal (Kevin) Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Buller and his coauthors on behalf of the Matisse Investigators conducted a randomized, double-blind, international study of fondaparinux versus enoxaparin on 2,205 patients with objectively confirmed acute deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and found the two agents to be comparable in safety and efficacy. [6] Patients were randomly assigned to receive fondaparinux or enoxaparin therapy. Fondaparinux was administered as a single 7.5-mg subcutaneous daily dose, with adjustments made for those patients weighing less than 50 kg (5 mg) or greater than 100 kg (10 mg). Enoxaparin was given 1 mg/kg subcutaneously twice daily. Both agents were bridged with a VKA until a therapeutic international normalized ratio (INR) was achieved. Anticoagulation with a VKA was continued for 3 months. Efficacy was measured by the rate of recurrent VTE in the 3-month follow-up period after enrollment. Safety was assessed by the incidence of major bleeding and mortality over the same interval. [6]

The recurrence rate showed a nonsignificant trend in favor of fondaparinux (3.9%) compared with enoxaparin (4.1%) (absolute difference = 0.15%; 95% CI, 1.8% to -1.5%). [6] The conservative noninferiority margin was attained, and fondaparinux was determined to be equally as effective as enoxaparin for the treatment of DVT. Major bleeding rates were essentially identical, and mortality rates were also comparable. In a subgroup analysis, the authors also evaluated the relationship between the recurrence rate, the bleeding risks, and the patients’ body weight. In general, the safety and efficacy of fondaparinux were independent of body weight. However, patients with mild renal insufficiency and a low creatinine clearance had the same risk of bleeding in both the LMWH and fondaparinux groups. Overall, the authors concluded that once-daily fondaparinux was as effective and as safe as twice-daily, weight-adjusted enoxaparin. [6]

The Matisse DVT trial confirmed that fondaparinux and enoxaparin have similar safety and efficacy for the initial treatment of DVT. Only one fixed-dosage regimen for fondaparinux is required for patients who weigh between 50 kg and 100 kg, and only one subcutaneous dose per day is required. This greatly simplifies the treatment of DVT and facilitates outpatient therapy. In the original study, about one third of the patients were treated partially or entirely as outpatients without any increased risk when compared with those treated as inpatients.

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