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

Protty, Majd B, Wilkins, Simon J, Hoskins, Hannah C, 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. 10.2217/fca-2018-0003

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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
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Future Medicine
ISSN: 1479-6678
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 22 May 2018
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2023 02:10

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