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Bleeding Rates In TRA-2P Further Dim Outlook For Merck’s Vorapaxar

This article was originally published in Pharmaceutical Approvals Monthly

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Outcomes study of about 25,000 patients shows novel antiplatelet drug reduces events but also increases major bleeding, including intracranial hemorrhage.

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