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Amgen anemia drug fails in study

August 26, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Biotech giant Amgen Inc.'s widely used anemia drug Aranesp didn't benefit patients with chronic kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes and anemia in a large, late-stage study, the company said.

Patients in the study who got Aranesp as part of their treatment fared no better on the study's two main measures than those who got a placebo. One measure was heart complications or death from any cause; the other was the length of time until the patient died or needed chronic kidney dialysis.

Patients in the Aranesp group also had more strokes, a known risk of the drug.

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