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Ferumoxytol versus placebo in iron deficiency anemia: efficacy, safety, and quality of life in patients with gastrointestinal disorders

Authors Ford D, Dahl N, Strauss W, Barish CF, Hetzel D, Bernard K, Li Z, Allen L

Received 28 November 2015

Accepted for publication 7 March 2016

Published 11 July 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 151—162


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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Yi Shen

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Andreas M Kaiser

David C Ford,1 Naomi V Dahl,2 William E Strauss,2 Charles F Barish,3 David J Hetzel,4 Kristine Bernard,2 Zhu Li,2 Lee F Allen,2

1Toronto Digestive Disease Associates, Inc, Vaughan Endoscopy Clinic, Vaughan, ON, Canada; 2AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Waltham, MA, 3Wake Gastroenterology, Wake Research Associates, Raleigh, NC, USA; 4Department of Gastroenterology, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA, Australia

Introduction: Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is common in patients with gastrointestinal (GI) disorders and can adversely affect quality of life. Oral iron is poorly tolerated in many patients with GI disorders. Ferumoxytol is approved for the intravenous treatment of IDA in patients with chronic kidney disease. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ferumoxytol in patients with IDA and concomitant GI disorders.
Patients and methods: This analysis included 231 patients with IDA and GI disorders from a Phase III, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial evaluating ferumoxytol (510 mg ×2) versus placebo in patients who had failed or were intolerant of oral iron therapy. The primary study end point was the proportion of patients achieving a ≥20 g/L increase in hemoglobin (Hgb) from baseline to Week 5. Other end points included mean change in Hgb, proportion of patients achieving Hgb ≥120 g/L, mean change in transferrin saturation, and patient-reported outcomes (PROs).
Results: Significantly more patients with IDA receiving ferumoxytol achieved a ≥20 g/L increase in Hgb versus placebo (82.1% vs 1.7%, respectively; P<0.001). Mean increase in Hgb (28.0 g/L vs–1.0 g/L, respectively; P<0.001) significantly favored ferumoxytol treatment. Ferumoxytol-treated patients demonstrated significantly greater improvements than placebo-treated patients relative to their very poor baseline PRO scores posttreatment, including improvements in the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy–Fatigue questionnaire and various domains of the 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey. Ferumoxytol-treated patients had a low rate of adverse events.
Conclusion: In this study, ferumoxytol was shown to be an efficacious and generally well-tolerated treatment option for patients with IDA and underlying GI disorders who were unable to use or had a history of unsatisfactory oral iron therapy.

Keywords: hemoglobin, efficacy, inflammatory bowel disease, quality of life, patient-reported outcomes, intravenous iron

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