Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that the sale and distribution of all strengths of Coumadin (Warfarin Sodium) tablets will be discontinued in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Saudi Arabia, due to an unexpected manufacturing issue. It will begin on June 1, 2020 . Original source: https://www.bms.com/assets/bms/ca/documents/productmonograph/CANADA-Coumadin-deletion_D-HCP-Communication_FINAL_EN_04.23.2020.pdf
Millions of people depend on anticoagulants – also known as “blood thinners” – to prevent life-threatening blood clots. While these medications do not actually “thin” the blood, they do slow the body’s ability to form dangerous blood clots, such as blood clots in the arms or legs (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) and blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism or PE).
Stopping blood thinners can increase your risk for blood clots, due to the underlying risk factor(s) for which your blood thinner was originally prescribed. These bleeding and clotting risks can be complicated for your healthcare providers to manage.
For patients currently using Coumadin® (warfarin sodium) tablets, healthcare providers will be required to consider alternatives. Prescribing an alternate product is the clinical decision of the healthcare professional in consultation with the patient.
The generic version of Coumadin® is one option. Even though generic warfarin and brand name Coumadin® are considered interchangeable, your health care provider may want you to have your levels checked when making a change like this. Therefore, it is important to have this discussion with your healthcare team.
In Canada, therapeutic alternatives, including generics, are available. Please check the following information.
Brand name in the US: Coumadin
Generic name: Warfarin Sodium
Product of Canada – Manufactured by various generic manufacturers
Dosage form: Tablet
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