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Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2008 Mar;83(3):460-70. Epub 2007 Sep 12.

CYP2C9 genotype-guided warfarin prescribing enhances the efficacy and safety of anticoagulation: a prospective randomized controlled study.

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  • 1Clinical Pharmacology Unit, Division of Medicine, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel. caraco@hadassah.org.il


Warfarin anticoagulation effect is characterized by marked variability, some of which has been attributed to CYP2C9 polymorphisms. This study prospectively examines whether a priori knowledge of CYP2C9 genotype may improve warfarin therapy. Patients were randomly assigned to receive warfarin by a validated algorithm ("control", 96 patients) or CYP2C9 genotype-adjusted algorithms ("study", 95 patients). The first therapeutic international normalized ratio and stable anticoagulation were reached 2.73 and 18.1 days earlier in the study group, respectively (P<0.001). The faster rate of initial anticoagulation was driven by a 28% higher daily dose in the study group (P<0.001). Study group patients spent more time within the therapeutic range (80.4 vs 63.4%, respectively, P<0.001) and experienced less minor bleeding (3.2 vs 12.5%, P<0.02, respectively). In conclusion, CYP2C9 genotype-guided warfarin therapy is more efficient and safer than the "average-dose" protocol. Future research should focus on construction of algorithms that incorporate other polymorphisms (VKORC1), host factors, and environmental influences.

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