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FDA advisers recommend approval of anticlotting drug

September 9, 2011

TRENTON, N.J. — Outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted Thursday to recommend that the agency approve a new anticlotting drug for use in millions more patients, Bloomberg reported.

Johnson & Johnson and partner Bayer Healthcare of Germany, which jointly developed the drug, Xarelto, are seeking U.S. approval for preventing strokes in patients with a common irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation.

The drug is already approved to prevent clots in people getting knee and hip replacements.

The FDA is expected to make a final decision by early November.