New Hemostatic Agents: Perioperative Anesthetic Considerations

Author(s): Antonia-Therese Kietaibl, Sibylle Kietaibl*.

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Design

Volume 25 , Issue 19 , 2019


Aim: Pharmacologic agents with procoagulant effects and antidotes against antithrombotic drugs play an important role in the prevention and management of perioperative coagulopathic bleeding. The aim of this narrative review is knowledge transfer from new and renewed hemostatic agents to anesthesiologists and other physicians involved in perioperative medicine.

Methods: The literature search was performed on PubMed and the Summaries of Product Characteristics of 6 pharmacologic agents of interest: fibrinogen concentrate, vonicog alfa, susoctocog alfa, idarucizumab, andexanet alfa, and argatroban.

Results and Discussion: This review highlights renewed interest in fibrinogen concentrate, an old prohemostatic drug, in correcting hypofibrinogenemia which is a leading pathomechanism of perioperative bleeding.

This review describes clinically relevant aspects for brand new recombinant prohemostatic drugs for their use in critical clinical situations: vonicog alfa for the prevention and correction of bleeding in von Willebrand syndrome, and susoctocog alfa in acquired hemophilia A.

Clinical experience and increasing evidence broadened the field of applications of the old antithrombotic drug argatroban to heparin resistance.

New antidotes against new antithrombotic agents revolutionized the safety of chronic antithrombotic therapy in the emergency situations of acute and trauma surgery.

Information on dosing and handling of new hemostatic drugs is summarized.

Conclusion: New and potent hemostatic agents exist for perioperative use and may enrich the armamentarium of anesthesiologists. Implementation into clinical practice requires their availability and user knowledge. Sustainability of these new drugs depends on post-licensing research, cost-effectiveness, and clinical experience.

Keywords: Perioperative medicine, fibrinogen concentrate, vonicog alfa, susoctocog alfa, idarucizumab, andexanet alfa, argatroban.

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