Tag: warfarin

Blood Thinners and the Genetics Behind Drug Response

A study in the journal Lancet regarding a new blood thinning drug brings to mind the difficulty doctors and patients have in using anticoagulants to prevent clots that could otherwise lead to heart attacks or strokes. The mostly commonly used blood thinner, warfarin (Coumadin®) has proven to be a godsend ...

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23andMe Launches Its First NIH Funded Study

  By Amy Kiefer and Kim Barnholt 23andMe is excited to announce the launch of our first National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research project. In the fall of 2010, 23andMe received a NIH Small Business Innovative Research Grant (SBIR) to validate our web-based approach to pharmacogenomics ...

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Health at 23andMe: When One Size Doesn’t Fit All

“Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.” That statement used to be a popular way to characterize the practice of medicine, back in the golden age of pharmaceuticals when drugs were seen as the answer to all problems. These days, we know that the picture is more complicated -- some conditions remain ...

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Genetic Tests Can Reduce Risks From Blood Thinner Warfarin

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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FDA Updates Label for Commonly Used Blood Thinner to Include Dosing Recommendations Based on Genetics

Warfarin (Coumadin®) is a blood thinner given to people at high risk for the formation of blood clots due to conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, heart valve disease or replacement, and irregular heart beat. The drug is also given to prevent recurrence of pulmonary embolism, heart attack and stroke. If ...

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New Study Shows That Genetic Information Can Improve Administration Of Commonly Used Blood Thinner

Each time a doctor writes a prescription for warfarin (Coumadin®), a blood thinner given to about two million people each year in the United States, it’s a guessing game.  There is no “right” dose of the drug.  Everyone is different and it can take weeks of adjustment to find a patient’s ideal amount of the ...

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