Thursday, 16 February 2012

What is Epoetin alfa ?

2482-epogenI have been told by my parents that Epoetin alfa is one of the medicine that my father is taking after his kidney dialysis. This is used to increase the red blood cells. The problem with this medicine is it's cost in Philippines. The Epoetin alfa cost Php 1,150 per usage.

According to wikipedia

Epoetin alfa (rINN) (/ɛˈpoʊ.ɨtɨn/) is human erythropoietin produced in cell culture using recombinant DNA technology. It stimulates erythropoiesis (increases red blood cell levels) and is used to treat anemia, commonly associated with chronic renal failure and cancer chemotherapy. Epoetin is marketed under the trade names Procrit and Epogen. Its annual cost to U.S. patients is $8,447 per patient per year.

For further information about the medicine you may check this site :

The site could give information on the following subject :

  • What side effects can this medication cause?
  • What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?
  • In case of emergency/overdose
  • What other information should I know?
  • Brand names
  • Other names
  • Why is this medication prescribed?
  • How should this medicine be used?
  • Other uses for this medicine
  • What special precautions should I follow?
  • What special dietary instructions should I follow?
  • What should I do if I forget a dose?

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