Recormon (epoetin beta)

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Recormon (in some countries NeoRecormon) is a medicine that stimulates red-blood-cell growth. The active substance in Recormon, epoetin beta, is a copy of a human hormone called erythropoietin. Erythropoietin is produced by the kidneys and stimulates the production of red blood cells from the bone marrow. In patients receiving chemotherapy or with chronic renal failure, anaemia can be caused by a lack of erythropoietin, or by the body not responding enough to the erythropoietin it has naturally. The epoetin beta in Recormon works in the body in the same way as the natural hormone to stimulate red blood cell production.1

 

In Bangladesh Recormon is approved for the following indications.2

  • Treatment of symptomatic anemia associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients on dialysis.
  • Treatment of symptomatic renal anemia in patients not yet undergoing dialysis.
  • Prevention of anemia of prematurity in infants with a birth weight of 750 to 1500 g and a gestational age of less than 34 weeks.
  • Treatment of symptomatic anemia in adult patients with non-myeloid malignancies receiving chemotherapy.
  • Increasing the yield of autologous blood from patients in a pre-donation program.

Its use in this indication must be balanced against the reported increased risk of thromboembolic events. Treatment should only be given to patients with moderate anemia (Hb 10–13 g/dl [6.21–8.07 mmol/l], no iron deficiency) if blood conserving procedures are not available or insufficient when the scheduled major elective surgery requires a large volume of blood (4 or more units of blood for females or 5 or more units for males).

 

For more disease and medicine related queries you may discuss with your physician.

 

In Bangladesh Recormon is available as

Pre-filled syringes:

  • Recormon 2,000 IU
  • Recormon 5,000 IU
  • Recormon 10,000 IU

 

References

1. NeoRecormon | European Medicines Agency. [Internet; cited 2018, November 12]. Retrieved from https://www.ema.europa.eu/medicines/human/EPAR/neorecormon

2. Recormon Product Information _ FE-English Ro 205-3859 _ May 2018