A new blood-thinning medication called semuloparin reduces the risk of blood clots in people undergoing certain cancer treatments, new research shows.
When people with cancer are treated with chemotherapy, they have an increased risk of developing blood clots (venous thromboembolism). These clots can be dangerous, and have the potential to cause heart attacks or strokes.
This new drug reduced the risk of blood clots by 64 percent, according to the study, which was funded by Sanofi, the drug’s manufacturer. Sanofi was also responsible for the analysis of the study’s results.
Semuloparin, which is not currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, didn’t appear to increase the risk of excessive bleeding, which can be a side effect of blood thinners.