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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Epigen

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An indi vidual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 11/3/1999]
Question: Hello,
I have a son, age 13, who has DBA. He currently tranfuses 3 units of PRBC's every 3 weeks. He chelates (Desferral) 5x weekly subcutenously. My question is... I heard that there might be a drug out (Proactin??) that stimulates red blood cell growth? Do you have any info or know where I can go to get more info. I am under the impression it is being used in cancer patients. Any help is appreciated.

Answer: Epigen is the brand name. It is a copy of a hormone made by the kidney to stimulate red blood cell production. Available for over 5 years so no secret. Discuss it with your doctor to see if it has any place here.

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