Data from American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy - Curated by EPG Health - Date available 01 February 2017


Pay for access, or by subscription

Article type


Original date published

1 February 2017

Original format

Print publication

Purpose: The pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, clinical efficacy, safety, and place in therapy of edoxaban for prevention of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE) are reviewed.

Summary: Although warfarin has been an established therapy for stroke prevention in AF and VTE, the need for agents with less monitoring requirements, fewer food and drug interactions, and a lower risk of major bleeding led to the development of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). Current DOACs work by either directly blocking thrombin (dabigatran) or inhibiting factor Xa (apixaban, edoxaban, and rivaroxaban). Edoxaban is the newest DOAC and only the second Food and Drug Administration-approved anticoagulant for once-daily administration. Unlike apixaban and rivaroxaban, edoxaban does not interact with the cytochrome P-450 system. The results of the ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 and Hokusai-VTE trials demonstrated edoxaban's noninferiority to warfarin. However, the adverse-effect profile of edoxaban may limit the drug's use in clinical practice; in clinical trials, patients with AF who had a creatinine clearance of ≥95 mL/min had a higher rate of strokes with the use of edoxaban versus warfarin.

Conclusion: A review of the literature showed that edoxaban, the most recently approved DOAC, is noninferior to warfarin for management of VTE (after parenteral anticoagulant therapy) and for stroke risk reduction in many patients with nonvalvular AF.

Data sources

Read abstract on library site Access full article


You will need to login, to leave a comment. is not monitored for collection of adverse event reports. Any adverse events should be reported to your national reporting agency and/or the manufacturer.

Learning Zones

An Learning Zone (LZ) is an area of the site dedicated to providing detailed self-directed medical education about a disease, condition or procedure.

Oral Anticoagulation Reversal

Oral Anticoagulation Reversal

Experts discuss the use of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants in the treatment and prevention of stroke, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in atrial fibrillation patients.

Acute and Advanced Heart Failure

Acute and Advanced Heart Failure

What are the most effective treatments for acute heart failure? Can you define advanced heart failure? Discover here...

+ 3 more

Cardiovascular Metabolism Knowledge Centre

Cardiovascular Metabolism Knowledge Centre

The Cardiovascular Metabolism Knowledge Centre is an information hub providing expert insight into the management of hypertension and type 2 diabetes. This Knowledge Centre contains a wealth of scientific video content offering insights and opinion from some of the leading experts in the field.

Load more

Related Content