MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 17 Approximately 2 million Americansevery year begin a prescribed regimen of the oral anticoagulant drug warfarin,according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Marketed under avariety of brand labels, including Coumadin(R) and Jantoven(R), this drugtherapy treatment is prescribed to prevent blood clots and reduce the risk ofheart attacks and strokes.
Yesterday the FDA announced labeling changes for all warfarin products --the first widely used drug for which the FDA has made such a recommendation.The agency also issued guidelines for healthcare providers, encouraging theuse of genetic tests to determine the appropriate starting dose of warfarinfor each individual patient.
Medication Management Systems, Inc. (MMS) recently brought to market arevolutionary warfarin dosing product that is already proving effective inmeeting the FDA's new requirements and guidelines. The company's AssuranceSystem(TM) uses genetic testing results to assist health care practitioners indetermining a safe and effective dose of warfarin to prescribe on aper-patient basis.
MMS has been at the forefront of an industry-wide effort to utilize dosingmethodologies in order to individualize medication plans and manage complexdrug therapies. The company's Assurance System(TM) product is currently inuse by medication therapy management physicians, pharmacists, and nursesacross the country.
"Our warfarin management customers have had the ability to utilize thisgenetic information since January of this year, when testing becameavailable." says Michael Frakes, Pharm.D., Director of the Warfarin ManagementProject at Medication Management Systems. "The ability to make initialadjustments to starting doses for this drug, based on genetic information andother individual patient characteristics identified in the medical literature,will help to make warfarin safer and more effective for the patients to whomour customers provide care," he continues. "We are working on additionalgenetic markers that will become important for therapies on the horizon."
About Medication Management Systems
Medication Management Systems (MMS) is a Minnesota-based company whosetechnology-based system delivers the support and resources pharmacy providersneed to be reimbursed for medication therapy management services whenproviding pharmaceutical care to patients. The company's Assurance System(TM)includes a comprehensive documentation process that automatically generatesbilling information in the required format, provides practitioner training,practice management and computer system support, practice outcomes reporting,and secure 24-hour online access. For more information, visithttp://www.medsmanagement.com or contact Tom Albers at 952-746-8185.
SOURCE Medication Management Systems, Inc.