In reply: We thank Eikelboom et al for presenting new data on acute coronary syndrome (ACS) management. In this field of rapid advances, another recent study, ACUITY, has also been published, which examined bivalirudin in ACS.1 The Australian guidelines2 are based on peer reviewed published reports, and neither OASIS-53 nor ACUITY1 were released at the conclusion of the formulation of the guidelines. Also, fondaparinux is only available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in Australia for thromboembolic prophylaxis, and bivalirudin is currently only approved by the PBS for therapy during percutaneous coronary interventions.
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