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  1. Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MS, RN


* Exposure of the new anticoagulant dabigatran (Pradaxa) to atmospheric moisture may contribute to deterioration of the drug and a loss of efficacy.


* Exactly how much efficacy can be lost isn't clear.


* Dabigatran should be stored in its original container, away from moisture, heat, and excessive cold; bottles of dabigatran should be used within 30 days of opening.