Bayer AG (BAY.F), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)’s Xarelto Prevented Repeat Strokes in Analysis  
5/25/2011 7:26:46 AM

Bayer AG (BAYN) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)’s blood-thinner Xarelto was effective in preventing repeat strokes in an analysis of high-risk patients from the Rocket-AF trial, Bayer said today in a study presented at the European Stroke Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

Patients who took Xarelto, known chemically as rivaroxaban, showed a 13 percent lower risk of having another stroke than patients who took the previous standard therapy warfarin, with a similar risk of bleeding as a side effect and lower rates of fatal bleeding, the Leverkusen, Germany-based company said in a statement.