Yosprala: A Fixed Dose Combination of Aspirin and Omeprazole
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Patients who survive a primary cerebrovascular or cardiovascular event are at increased risk of a subsequent occurrence. Antiplatelet therapy plays an essential role for secondary prevention in individuals with stroke, transient ischemic attack, acute or chronic artery disease, or peripheral arterial disease. Maintaining high-risk patients on low-dose aspirin therapy is a fundamental component of management. However, poor adherence, secondary to the drug’s gastrointestinal side effects, has been associated with negative cardiovascular outcomes. Numerous studies have indicated that proton-pump inhibitors significantly reduce the risk of upper gastrointestinal adverse events in aspirin-treated patients. The US Food and Drug Administration approved Yosprala (Aralez Pharmaceuticals), a fixed-dose combination of delayed-release aspirin and immediate-release omeprazole, on September 15, 2016. It is the first product to become available in the United States that combines these 2 pharmacologic drug classes, and represents a new therapeutic option for patients and healthcare providers who strive to improve adherence to daily aspirin therapy.