FDA approves prothrombin concentrate

The FDA just approved a prothrombin complex concentrate (Kcentra) to reversal bleeding associated with vitamin K antagonists. It does not require thawing or blood type matching, unlike plasma, but it does carry a black box warning for risk of clotting (arterial and venous) (FDA site).

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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