“Anemia drugs, known as erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs), such as epoetin alfa (Epogen) and darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp), stimulate red blood cell production and are intended to reduce the number of blood transfusions required during chemotherapy.”
“This results in a reduced frequency of doses, providing a simpler and more convenient treatment option for patients and physicians as compared to treatment of anemia with epoetin which is the current standard of care in India.”
“PRCA is a rare, serious and debilitating autoimmune disorder, which can occur when the body produces neutralizing antibodies against the currently marketed recombinant human erythropoietins, such as epoetin alfa or beta and darbepoetin alfa, thus suppressing the production of red blood cells by the bone marrow.”
“Both drugs are the same product, epoetin alfa, which Amgen makes and markets as Epogen for kidney-failure patients on dialysis, and has licensed other uses to J & J, which sells it as Procrit.”
“In fact, in June 2009 we raised the red flag around safety concerns associated with the anemia drugs epoetin alfa (Epogen and Procrit) and darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp) which are both huge-sellers in the U.S.”
“In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration issued a black-box warning on darbepoetin alfa and epoetin alfa, and suggested limiting the use of ESAs to specific tumor types, durations, and targeted hemoglobin levels.”
“The out-of-competition testing began in mid-February, with a particular focus on two drugs — epoetin and darbepoetin.”
“After reviewing new clinical data, a European Medicines Agency panel Thursday recommended blood transfusions over epoetin-containing drugs such as Amgen Inc, 's Aranesp and Johnson & Johnson”
“Realize that there has been reported a higher incidence of deep vein thrombosis in patients receiving epoetin preop to avoid blood transfusion.”
“Binocrit epoetin alfa and share gains of Operating income Operating income decreased 18% in constant currencies to USD 333 million.”
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