Effects of the oral, direct factor Xa inhibitor edoxaban on routine coagulation assays, lupus anticoagulant and anti-Xa assays

Andreas Hillarp, Karin Strandberg, Fariba Baghaei, Inger Fagerberg Blixter, Kerstin M. Gustafsson, Tomas L. Lindahl

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Edoxaban is an oral direct factor Xa inhibitor for prophylaxis and treatment of thromboembolic disorders. The effects on common coagulation assays are clinically valuable information and in certain clinical situations a quick assessment of the anticoagulant is wanted. Our aim was to investigate the effect of edoxaban on routine coagulation methods and evaluate anti-Xa assays, commonly used for other direct factor Xa inhibitors, for estimation of the drug concentration. Edoxaban was spiked to plasma samples from healthy subjects in the concentration range 0–742 µg/L and analyzed using different reagents for activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) and prothrombin time (PT). Assays for antithrombin, activated protein C resistance, lupus anticoagulant (LA) and chromogenic anti-Xa assays were also included. Edoxaban displayed similar effects in vitro to other oral direct Xa inhibitors. The concentration needed to double the coagulation time varied between assays and reagents; 539–758 µg/L for the APTT and between 329 and 2505 µg/L for the PT. Edoxaban gave false high antithrombin activities in assays based on Xa-inhibition. Two integrated assays for LA, both based on activation with dilute Russell’s viper venom, displayed different results. Chromogenic anti-Xa assays displayed linear dose-response curves with edoxaban up to approximately 500 µg/L. In conclusion, therapeutic concentrations of edoxaban variably affect different coagulation assays, and even different reagents within an assay group. In comparison with other oral Xa-inhibitors, the in vitro effects of edoxaban were more similar to rivaroxaban than apixaban. For measurement of edoxaban concentration in plasma, it is possible to use the chromogenic anti-Xa assays.

Sidor (från-till)575-583
TidskriftScandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
StatusPublished - 2018 nov 17

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Hematologi


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