Darbepoetin Administration in Term and Preterm Neonates. Academic Article Review uri icon


  • Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) such as erythropoietin have been studied as red cell growth factors in preterm and term infants for more than 20 years. Recent studies have evaluated darbepoetin (Darbe, a long-acting ESA) for both erythropoietic effects and potential neuroprotection. We review clinical trials of Darbe in term and preterm infants, which have reported significant erythropoietic uses and neuroprotective effects. ESAs show great promise in decreasing or eliminating transfusions, and in preventing and treating brain injury in term and preterm infants.Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • September 2015