A race to the finish for blockbuster blood thinners

Several big developers will take the stage at the American Society of Hematology meeting to provide updates on a string of new blood thinners that are in the clinic. Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Boehringer Ingelheim and Portola are all testing drugs that may claim a portion of the multibillion-dollar market for blood thinners, according to the Wall Street Journal. Atrial fibrillation is the biggest clinical target with the most money at stake, say analysts. Developers want to provide an alternative to warfarin, a drug with a history of serious side effects that limit its use to about half of all prospective patients.

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