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US FDA orders ESA labelling changes to narrow use

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Executive Summary

The US FDAhas ordered labelling changes for erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) to advise against use in patients receiving chemotherapy in the adjuvant setting and place a haemoglobin level ceiling for initiation of treatment. However, the FDA opted not to restrict use of the anaemia treatments in patients according to tumour types, despite a recommendation to the contrary by its oncologic drugs advisory panel.



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