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alternate medication to procrit
Nov 2, 2006

to replenish red blood cells, procrit was advised, is there a safer, less expensive drug that will do as well

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Unfortunately not. A similar drug, darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp), is available that may allow greater flexibility in managing anemia with less frequent dosing, but the cost remains about the same.

You might try calling "PROCRITline" at 1-800-553-3851. They may help with getting reimbursement from insurance companies or have other ideas to help with the costs.

Also, talk to the doctor who is recommending the treatment. There may be a clinical trial or other type of assistance program available in your area.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob


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