Drug boosts hemoglobin but not survival in heart failure study

03/12/2013 | Forbes

In patients with systolic heart failure and mild-to-moderate anemia, treatment with the erythropoiesis-stimulating agent Aranesp, or darbepoetin alfa, boosted hemoglobin levels but did not improve patient outcomes, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. "Our findings suggest that the hemoglobin level, like other surrogates, is simply a marker of poor prognosis in heart failure rather than a therapeutic target," researchers said.

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