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Can Warfarin Work for You? by ShapeUp .. Posted Sun 24 Aug 2008 1:49pm ANNOUNCER: For patients with atrial fibrillation - a type of irregular heartbeat, a drug often prescribed is warfarin to help prevent the most serious consequence of this condition. ERIC MICHELSON, MD: Warfarin is a drug that's been around for a long period of time, with which we've had a lot of experience. It's the only available oral anticoagu ... Read on »
Genetic warfarin test not cost-effective in guiding initial dosing of common blood thinner by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Thu 22 Jan 2009 5:14pm We want personalized medicine to move forward, but now we are back to the same question, who’s going to pay for the Warfarin Test?  As just the opposite is occurring in the UK from a prior post.  They want folks to have the test. London has taken a pioneering step into the world of personalized medicine, opening a hospital clinic that will dec ... Read on »
Arterial Fibrillation – What will be the future standard of care, Warfarin or the Watchman Device? by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Thu 26 Mar 2009 3:53pm Just as we are trying to get the genomic test in place for Warfarin, there’s a new device on the horizon.  The device, called the Watchman is in clinical trials and the purposes of the device is to have an alternative option to having to take blood thinning medication, and this would be a person who is taking it on a life time treatment program, ... Read on »
NIH – Clinical Trials for Genetic Tests To Help Optimize Doses of Blood-Thinning Drug Warfarin by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Wed 04 Mar 2009 3:10pm It sounds like it’s going to take the NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) clinical trial to get someone to pay for the genetic test for dosing warfarin.  It begins in April of this year for 1200 participants.  We want the testing, it can help save lives and give physicians the information they need with dosing, but then we cont ... Read on »
Warfarin Sensitivity DNA Test Launches by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted Thu 19 Nov 2009 10:02pm Have you had a blood clot or DVT? If so, chances are you’ve been on warfarin (brand name: Coumadin). Warfarin, a blood-thinner, is the most commonly prescribed drug for preventing and treating blood clots. Warfarin is also known to be a difficult drug to manage, for two reasons. First, the blood levels in which warfarin is effective are ver ... Read on »
Employers Working with Pharmacy Benefit Managers for Warfarin and Tamoxifen Genomic Testing – Individual Policy Holders St by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 22 Feb 2010 10:15am Pharmacy benefit managers are getting creative and this appears to be another “business intelligence” solution to work with costs with insurance companies for cost, so if we want more genetic testing, here comes the management service to market and negotiate prices with employers.  Remember too what big profits are made at the Pharmacy Benefit ... Read on »
Warfarin (Part 1) by Alan T. Patient Expert Posted Fri 10 Jul 2009 10:47pm This post is specially designed for those taking warfarin (well, this is going to be very text book material). First, why your doctor prescribed you warfarin? You need to take warfarin when you have a medical condition which need an anticoagulant to reduce clotting, thrombosis and embolism (abnormal formation and migra ... Read on »
Genetic Testing Improves Some Warfarin Dosing by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Fri 20 Feb 2009 6:30pm This is great now that we have a an official Journal report, but the next problem is, who’s going to pay for the test?  Clinical Trials will certainly stand to help out here.  We recently had this report that said it is not cost effective all the time. Genetic warfarin test not cost-effective in guiding initial dosing of common blood thinner ... Read on »
Medicare has Decided Against paying for the Genetic Warfarin Test For Now by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Thu 07 May 2009 8:28pm This is a set back; however they did say they would pay for the tests as related to clinical trials.  The tests run from $50.00 to $500.00, so this is not huge by any means.  Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots and is one of the more difficult medications to monitor and has some side effects that can be threatening to some, so again somewhat ... Read on »
Dabigatran Beats Warfarin for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation by Mellanie H. Patient Expert Posted Mon 31 Aug 2009 12:18pm There is a lot of big news coming out of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) going on in Barcelona right now. Judging by attendance, this is probably the biggest cardiology event in the world. The big announcement for atrial fibrillation sufferers is the progress towards a replacement for Coumadin (warfarin) coming out of the results of t ... Read on »