Prescribing patterns of oral antiplatelets in Wales: evolving trends from 2005 to 2016.

Protty, Majd B and Wilkins, Simon J and Hoskins, Hannah C and Dawood, Ban B and Hayes, Jamie (2018) Prescribing patterns of oral antiplatelets in Wales: evolving trends from 2005 to 2016. Future cardiology, 14 (4). pp. 277-282. ISSN 1744-8298.

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Abstract

AIM

Antiplatelets have been used for decades to prevent atherothrombotic disease, but there is limited 'real-life' prescribing data. We hereby report the prescribing patterns for oral antiplatelets in Wales, UK.

METHODS/RESULTS

Retrospective analysis of anonymized data in Wales from 2005 to 2016 revealed differences in prescribing patterns of oral antiplatelets. Aspirin and dipyridamole use declined with a corresponding increase in clopidogrel prescription. Costs declined with a sharp decrease coinciding with clopidogrel coming off patent. Prasugrel and ticagrelor have shown significant cost contribution (29% of total) despite only forming 1% of total items prescribed in 2016.

CONCLUSION

This first-look analysis of real-life antiplatelet data demonstrates a decrease in the overall prescribing costs with varying patterns. This may aid policy-makers in reviewing funding strategies.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WB Practice of medicine
WG Cardiovascular system. Cardiology
Divisions: Emergency Services > Acute Medicine and AMU
Emergency Services > Cardiology
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Depositing User: Beth Connors
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2019 13:57
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 13:57
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/1994

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