Darbepoetin Alfa | Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation

Darbepoetin Alfa

A growth factor (cytokine), it is a man-made version of a naturally occurring substance in the body, called erythropoietin, that encourages the bone marrow to make more red blood cells.
Brand name: 
Aranesp
Bone Marrow Disease(s): 
aplastic anemia

It is in a class of medicines called erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs). Darbepoetin alfa can help improve red blood cell counts in bone marrow failure patients whose natural erythropoietin levels are low. It is given by injection under the skin (subcutaneous) or in the vein (intravenous). Darbepoetin alfa is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating anemia.

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