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Hi everyone, I'm just a bit curious as to why for anemia most people take Procrit and not Aranesp which my wife takes for her anemia do to kidney disease, according to her Dr. it last longer, has a longer half life (whatever that means)?

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Because more data is available for the use of Procrit.
Because of this most insurance companies will only pay to Procrit to combat anemia caused by ribavirin.

Most insurance companies cover epoetin alfa (Epogen®, Procrit®) as medically necessary for the treatment of anemia in the presence of adequate iron stores (i.e. normal transferrin or serum ferritin level) for  ...
• anemia with a Hgb < 10 g/dl due to any of the following:
* myelodysplastic syndrome
* ribavirin use in hepatitis C
*  rheumatoid arthritis and/or rheumatic disease
* individual who will not or cannot receive blood products for treatment of acute hemorrhage or blood loss

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Small studies have indicated that hematopoietic growth factors may be useful in treating anemia associated with interferon and ribavirin therapy in patients with hepatitis C. Additional information regarding standardized dosing administration and frequency are needed. There are two randomized controlled trials and two open-label trials evaluating epoetin alfa in patients being treated with interferon and ribavirin. There is one abstract available of a study using darbepoetin alfa in this patient population."

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You always come thru Hector, thanks for your reply.

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