NHS gets access to single-pill DVT drug

 NICE has recommended Bayer Healthcare’s convenient Xarelto (rivaroxaban) in final guidance as a treatment option for adults with acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

The positive recommendation sees Xarelto become the first non-VKA oral anticoagulant to be recommended for use on the NHS after it impressed in phase III clinical trials.

Professor Carole Longson, NICE Health Technology Evaluation Centre Director, said the treatment is “a potential benefit for many people who have DVT”.

It is estimated there will be more than 46,000 cases of acute DVT in England and Wales this year, with that figure rising to 50,000 within the next four years.

Xarelto is orally administered, enabling patients to avoid the process of regular monitoring through blood tests, dosage adjustments and concerns over diets due to the existing treatment’s interaction with certain food groups.

Dr Gerry Dolan, Consultant Haematologist, Department of Haematology, Nottingham University Hospital, said the guidance provides patients with “an important new therapy choice”.

He added: “Xarelto is proven as an effective agent for DVT treatment which removes some of the challenging constraints of current standard therapy, and can help re-shape and improve anticoagulation services by reducing our reliance on regular coagulation monitoring.”