ESAs And Transfusions In Dialysis Patients: Watching For The Tipping Point
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
A study from the U.S. Renal Data System contributes to concerns that decreasing use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents like Amgen’s Epogen in dialysis patients can lead to a significant increase in the need for blood transfusions.
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