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11 Feb 2011

Bottle Shortens Home Life of Pradaxa

Patients shall be aware that if their Pradaxa comes in a bottle, it should be used within 30 days of opening.

Most medications are stable for at least a year after package opening. But when anticoagulant Pradaxa is packaged in bottles, it should be used within 30 days of opening.


This detail appears to be escaping some pharmacists, accustomed to a much longer home life for their wares. The problem is compounded because a large segment of the drug's target population would be the elderly, well known for their difficulties in maintaining prescription regimens.


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