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Warfarin therapy made easier

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Background and Summary

Patients on warfarin can test their own INR (International Normalized Ratio) at home with small, handheld INR monitors, similar to diabetics checking their own blood sugar. A very large, well conducted study published on Oct 21, 2010 in the New England Journal of Medicine (ref 1) shows that patients can safely and effectively monitor their warfarin therapy themselves with INR home monitors. While this does not come as a surprise to many, this is the first very large and well designed trial to show this. Read the rest of this entry »