A new meta-analysis showed that popular anemia drugs Aranesp and Procrit increase the risk of death in cancer patients by 10 percent, a statistically significant number. [NYT]

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  1. apotheosis says:

    There’s a side effect you don’t usually hear listed in pharmaceutical commercials.

    Back to the drawing board, I guess. I wonder, as a patient, whether I’d come down on the “benefits are worth the risk” side of the equation, or the “cure is worse than the disease” side.

    I’d just as soon never find out.

  2. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    @apotheosis: I guess that depends on why you have anemia, how severe it is, and what your existing risk for getting cancer is.