Fondaparinux: a new antithrombotic agent.


BACKGROUND Venous thrombosis is usually triggered by a low-flow state, as in prolonged periods of bed rest after hip or knee surgery. Antithrombotic agents are the drugs of choice in such circumstances. The new factor Xa inhibitor fondaparinux has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of venous thromboembolism in patients… (More)