Indexed on: 03 Sep '10Published on: 03 Sep '10Published in: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Rivaroxaban is a newly developed oral medicine that direct inhibits factor Xa for the prevention and treatment of thromboembolic disorders. The objective of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of rivaroxaban versus enoxaparin, a medicine routinely used for thromboprophylaxis after total hip or knee arthroplasty.We performed a meta-analysis of relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs) identified in PubMed, Cochrane library, and Embase. The primary efficacy outcome for our meta-analysis was total venous thromboembolism (VTE) and all-cause mortality. The primary safety outcome was bleeding events, which were categorized as major, clinically relevant non-major, or minor events.Eight RCTs, involving 15,586 patients, were included in our meta-analysis. Compared to enoxaparin, thromboprophylaxis with rivaroxaban was associated with significantly fewer VTE and all-cause mortality [9,244 patients, risk ratio (RR) 0.56, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.39-0.80] cases and a similar incidence of bleeding cases (major bleeding events: 13,384 patients, RR 1.65, 95% CI 0.93-2.93; clinically relevant non-major bleeding events: 13,384 patients, RR 1.21, 95% CI 0.98-1.50; total bleeding events, 13,384 patients, RR 1.10, 95% CI 0.97-1.24). The total hip or knee arthroplasty subgroup analysis revealed consistent efficacy and safety findings.Rivaroxaban was more effective than the recommended dose of enoxaparin and had a similar safety profile for thromboprophylaxis after hip and knee arthroplasty.