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Personalized approach of medication by indirect anticoagulants tailored to the patient—Russian context: what are the prospects?

Liliya Alexandrovna Belozerceva, Elena Nikolaevna Voronina, Natalia Viktorovna Kokh, Galina Alexandrovna Tsvetovskay, Andrei Pavlovich Momot, Galina Israilevna Lifshits*, Maxim Leonidovich Filipenko, Andrei Ivanovich Shevela and Valentin Viktorovich Vlasov

Author Affiliations

Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS ICBFM), Ac. Lavrentiev 8, Novosibirsk, 630090, Russia

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EPMA Journal 2012, 3:10  doi:10.1186/1878-5085-3-10

Published: 27 September 2012

Abstract

Indirect anticoagulants such as warfarin are the ‘gold standard’ for prevention and treatment of thromboembolic complications in patients at risk (in atrial fibrillation of valvular and nonvalvular etiology, the presence of artificial heart valves, orthopedic and trauma interventions, and other pathological conditions). A wide range of doses required to achieve a therapeutic effect indicates the need for a personalized approach to the appointment of warfarin. In addition to the dependence on the patient's clinical characteristics (sex, age, smoking status, diagnosis), there is a clear association between the warfarin dose and the carriage of certain allelic variants of key genes that makes it possible to apply molecular genetic testing for individual dose adjustment. This provides a more rapid target anticoagulant effect and also reduces the risk of bleeding associated with a possible overdose of warfarin. Implementation of this approach will allow more wide and safe application of indirect anticoagulants in Russia for needy patients.