Medical News Today reports that scientists are investigating snake venom as a preventive medicine for blood clots.

While current antiplatelet medications — such as aspirin, clopidogrel, and glycoprotein IIb/IIIa antagonists — can be effective for reducing blood clot formation, one major side effect is excessive bleeding after injury.

Dr. Tseng and colleagues believe that trowaglerix could pave the way for a new antiplatelet drug that is just as effective, but which does not cause excessive bleeding.

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