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New Rules for Powerful Anemia Drugs

New Rules for Powerful Anemia Drugs

A few years ago drugs such as Procrit for chemotherapy-related anemia were advertised on television. Viewers were given the impression that this drug was safe and effective and would combat fatigue and give them strength. But now studies have raised questions about the safety of drugs like Procrit, Epogen and Aranesp. The FDA wants health professionals to know that these anemia medicines may increase the risk for heart failure, stroke and death. They may also promote the growth of tumors, just about the last thing a cancer patient needs. The FDA will require doctors who wish to prescribe any of these drugs to undergo special training on the risks and benefits starting in March. As part of the program, patients will be given a leaflet outlining the most important side effects.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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