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Int Orthop. 2008 Aug;32(4):443-51. Epub 2007 Apr 28.

Fondaparinux prevents venous thromboembolism after joint replacement surgery in Japanese patients.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Osaka Koseinenkin Hospital, 4-2-78 Fukushima, Fukushima-ku, Osaka 553-0003, Japan.


Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is an important complication of major orthopaedic surgery of the lower limbs. Fondaparinux, a synthetic pentasaccharide and highly selective inhibitor of activated Factor Xa, is the first in a new class of antithrombotic agents. To determine the optimal dose in Japanese patients, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging studies of fondaparinux were conducted in patients undergoing total knee replacement (TKR) or total hip replacement (THR) surgery. Patients were randomly assigned to receive a once-daily subcutaneous injection of fondaparinux (0.75, 1.5, 2.5, or 3.0 mg) or placebo in Study 1 (TKR) and Study 2 (THR). In Study 1, the incidence of VTE was 65.3% in the placebo group and was 34.2%, 21.3%, 16.2%, and 9.5% in the groups receiving 0.75, 1.5, 2.5, and 3.0 mg fondaparinux respectively. In Study 2, the incidence of VTE was 33.8% in the placebo group and was 24.2%, 4.6%, 7.4%, and 14.4% in the 0.75, 1.5, 2.5, and 3.0 mg fondaparinux groups respectively. Dose-response effects were observed in both studies; however, no statistically significant differences in major bleeding events were found among any groups. Fondaparinux proved to be a potent anticoagulant with a favourable benefit-to-risk ratio in the prevention of VTE in these study patients.

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