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Francine Hardaway: Overprescribed Anemia Drugs

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The Washington Post has a story on how anti-anemia drugs, prescribed for many patients undergoing chemotherapy, can actually shorten a patient’s life. Have you seen the ads about the cancer patient who is too tired to play with his grandchildren, and then takes Procrit? Procrit is also prescribed by surgeons so lessen the use of blood transfusions during joint replacements and other surgeries accompanied by blood loss. But apparently neither making you more energetic or preventing you from needing a transfusion are FDA-approved uses for Procrit. Those ads will soon go away.