ESA: Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents

posted on:
March 12, 2008

author:
Staff

What is an ESA?

Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents (ESAs) are used to treat the blood-disorder anemia in patients with kidney failure or who are undergoing chemotherapy.

What are the dangers associated with ESAs?

The FDA has expanded warnings about risks of death and tumor growth in relation to use of Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents (ESAs). ESAs are used to treat the blood-disorder anemia in patients with kidney failure or who are undergoing chemotherapy.

The new warnings approved by the Food and Drug Administration warn that the drugs increase death and accelerate tumor growth in patients with several types of cancer, including breast and cervical. Prior labeling added to the drugs warned of similar risks in other types of cancers.

The warnings apply to drugmaker Amgen’s Aranesp and Epogen, as well as Procit, sold by Johnson & Johnson. Labeling approved by FDA said risks occurred when doctors treated patients with elevated levels of the drugs, which stimulate red blood cell levels.

The action by FDA and the drugmakers came less than a week before a meeting where government advisers were scheduled to review the risks of the blockbuster medications.

What can I do?

If you or a loved one has suffered these serious complications as the result of taking ESAs, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today!

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