Frank Dellanna

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Once-monthly administration of CERA, a continuous erythropoietin receptor activator, has shown equivalent efficacy to shorter-acting erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) that require more frequent dosing, but data on routine use of once-monthly CERA in hemodialysis patients are lacking. Study on Efficacy, Safety and Applicability of Mircera (SESAM) was(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Few randomized controlled trials have compared intravenous iron products head to head in CKD patients with iron deficiency anemia. This study compared the efficacy and safety of two intravenous iron products (ferumoxytol [Feraheme injection] and iron sucrose [Venofer]) in patients with CKD and iron deficiency anemia. DESIGN,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES C.E.R.A., a continuous erythropoietin receptor activator, offers once-monthly dosing without compromising haemoglobin control. This study was undertaken to examine whether monthly C.E.R.A. using pre-filled syringes maintains stable haemoglobin levels when administered according to local clinical judgement. RESEARCH, DESIGN AND(More)
AIMS To analyse the impact of dosing decisions for continuous erythropoietin receptor activator (C.E.R.A.), a continuous erythropoietin receptor activator. METHODS This was a prospective, multicentre, single-arm study in haemodialysis patients receiving epoetin alfa/beta or darbepoetin alfa. After a 2-month screening phase, patients were converted to(More)
Prior longitudinal observational studies have examined the practice patterns and outcomes of anaemia management, including the use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs). Several dimensions of effectiveness remain unaddressed; especially considering the revised ESA label (target Hb levels between 10 and 12 g/dL), the recently published TREAT study, and(More)
Internal filtration is defined as the total water flux across the membrane within the closed blood and dialysate compartment of a dialyser. The aim of our study was to increase convection by increasing the amount of internal filtration and to study the effect on elimination of high and low molecular weight uraemic toxins during regular haemodialysis. Three(More)
BACKGROUND Epoetin-zeta (epoetin-ζ) (sold as Retacrit™/Silapo™) is a biologic product that was approved by the European Medicines Agency in 2007 after demonstrating biosimilarity to its reference product epoetin-α (Eprex™), based on a comprehensive comparability exercise including extensive biophysical characterization and three double-blind randomized(More)
BACKGROUND Cinacalcet, a novel calcimimetic, simultaneously lowers parathyroid hormone (PTH), phosphorus (P), calcium (Ca) and Ca x P in patients who are on dialysis with secondary hyperparathyroidism (sHPT) associated with CKD. Previous studies have required cinacalcet to be administered during the dialysis session and at the same time on non-dialysis(More)
The analysis of low-molecular-mass peptides in doping controls has become a mandatory aspect in sports drug testing and, thus, the number of samples that has to be tested for these analytes has been steadily increasing. Several peptides <2 kDa with performance-enhancing properties are covered by the list of prohibited substances of the World Anti-Doping(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) show a high prevalence of cardiovascular disease with arterial stiffness, atherosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction, leading to increased morbidity and mortality. The cytokine macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) exhibits proinflammatory and proatherogenic functions and has recently emerged(More)