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Entry of Lixiana Will Further Intensify Competition in Market for NOACs

July 4, 2014
The market for novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in Japan is becoming livelier. Early this year, the Japanese Circulation Society (JCS) published “Guidelines for Pharmacotherapy of Atrial Fibrillation (2013 revised version)” which present its basic stance on the use of each…

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