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New way to set warfarin dosage

February 21, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

A new formula that includes gene testing has proved much better at setting the ideal dose for the blood thinner warfarin than what doctors do now: Give a standard amount and adjust it by trial and error.

The formula was tested in a large international study, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

A new experiment will soon test the gene study's results in a more rigorous way. Most patients will probably have to wait at least a few years before genetic testing becomes a common factor in warfarin dosing.

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