Alan B. Colowick

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BACKGROUND Patients receiving chemotherapy often develop anemia. Darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp(TM)) is an erythropoiesis-stimulating glycoprotein that has been shown, in dose-finding studies, to be safe and clinically active when administered to patients with cancer every 1, 2, or 3 weeks. This phase III study compared the safety and efficacy of darbepoetin(More)
This dose-finding, placebo-controlled study evaluated the safety and efficacy of darbepoetin alfa administered every 3 weeks (Q3W) to anaemic patients receiving chemotherapy. In part A, patients (haemoglobin </=110 g/l) were randomised in a 1:4 ratio to receive 1 of 6 doses of darbepoetin alfa (4.5, 6.75, 9.0, 12.0, 13.5 and 15.0 microg/kg) or placebo Q3W(More)
In 36 of 99 consecutive patients operated on for the presumptive diagnosis of renal carcinoma the tumour was discovered accidentally during investigations for a variety of complaints. CT and ultrasound scans were responsible for discovery of the tumour in 24 of the 36 patients. Renal carcinoma accounted for 92% of incidentally discovered solid renal masses.(More)
In part A of this study, patients were randomised to cohorts receiving darbepoetin alfa at doses of 0.5 to 8.0 m.c.g x kg(-1) x wk(-1) or to a control group receiving epoetin alfa at an initial dose of 150 U x kg(-1) three times weekly. In part B, the cohorts were darbepoetin alfa 3.0 to 9.0 m.c.g x kg(-1) every 2 weeks or epoetin alfa, initial dose 40 000(More)
A multicentre study evaluated the efficacy and safety of darbepoetin alpha administered weekly (QW), every 3 weeks (Q3W), and every 4 weeks (Q4W) to anaemic patients with cancer not concurrently receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy. The QW portion (n=102) was an open-label, sequential, dose-escalation design; cohorts received darbepoetin alpha QW by(More)
BACKGROUND The effect of using fixed versus weight-based doses for erythropoietic agents has not been reported previously. To investigate this issue, the authors conducted a randomized Phase II study of darbepoetin alfa administered as either a fixed dose or a weight-based dose using an accelerated correction and maintenance dosing regimen (front-loading).(More)
To evaluate safety and pharmacokinetics and to establish the maximum tolerated dose of glufosfamide when administered in combination with gemcitabine in advanced solid tumors. This Phase 1 dose-escalation study evaluated the combination of glufosfamide + gemcitabine in patients with advanced solid tumors. Cohorts of three to six patients were treated with(More)
BACKGROUND Anemia in patients receiving chemotherapy can be ameliorated with recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO), which is administered one to three times per week. Darbepoetin alpha, a new erythropoietic agent, has longer serum residence time, allowing it to be administered less frequently. METHODS Patients (n = 127) were randomized to receive(More)
BACKGROUND Anemia is common in patients with lung carcinoma, particularly among those undergoing platinum-based cytotoxic chemotherapy. Evidence is growing that anemia can have a profound impact on the patient's quality of life, often manifested as the patient's inability to function normally. METHODS A literature review was conducted to provide a current(More)
The development of inhibitory antibodies to factor VIII (FVIII) occurs in approximately 30% to 40% of patients with severe hemophilia A. Management options for patients with inhibitor include eradicating it via immune tolerance induction (ITI) or treating bleeding episodes with large quantities of hemostatic agents. ITI is costly, approaching $1 million for(More)