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  • n. Plural form of hematocrit.

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Examples

  • The nearly obsolete centrifuge for hematocrits, the box of microscope slides that is so old the embossed cardboard has yellowed.

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  • While most patients don't notice the difference, Amgen, through a series of studies it funded, attempted to show that higher hematocrits were better for patients.

    Merrill Goozner: The Amgen Rip-off

  • However, the Food and Drug Administration's initial approval for Epogen called for raising hematocrits to about 15 percent below normal.

    Merrill Goozner: The Amgen Rip-off

  • Payment decisions should no longer be based on surrogate markers like the relationship between higher hematocrits and a subjective measure like "more energy."

    Merrill Goozner: The Amgen Rip-off

  • In a paper published in 2004 in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Dennis Cotter of the Medical Technology and Practice Patterns Institute and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins and the Boston VA showed that attempts to reach normal hematocrits, which required LOTS more Epogen, did not correlate with increased longevity for people on dialysis.

    Merrill Goozner: The Amgen Rip-off

  • Through intense lobbying, they used those studies to browbeat Medicare into reimbursing dialysis clinics to raise hematocrits to slightly below normal.

    Merrill Goozner: The Amgen Rip-off

  • It ended the need for blood transfusions, and allowed dialysis patients to have red blood cell counts (hematocrits) near normal.

    Merrill Goozner: The Amgen Rip-off

  • In fact, they showed that raising ESRD patients 'hematocrits to normal levels actually resulted in shorter lifespans because it increases the incidence of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events.

    Merrill Goozner: The Amgen Rip-off

  • More - or less-aggressive ESA treatment among patients with intermediate hematocrits had no impact one way or the other, Winkelmayer said.

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  • They found that patients treated in facilities that offered the most aggressive treatment for people with hematocrits above 36 had an 11 percent higher risk of mortality compared with those treated in facilities that had the least aggressive treatment.

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