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Anemia in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)

Anemia in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)

Anemia is a prevalent obstacle in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)2

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MDS-associated anemia shortens patients’ lives and negatively impacts their quality of life4

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of patients with MDS receive red blood cell (RBC) transfusions for anemia5*

< 5 years

Median overall survival in lower-risk MDS6†


of patients would undergo a different treatment to stop or reduce their transfusion burden, even if it temporarily made them feel worse7‡

Chronic anemia and transfusion dependence are the main clinical challenges in lower-risk MDS2

*Per SEER registry data for patients with MDS from 2001 to 2007.5

Analysis of 2396 patients from a prospective, noninterventional, longitudinal registry from January 2008 to December 2018, followed up to December 2019.6

Based on results of an online survey completed by 361 patients with MDS, 234 (65%) of whom had received a blood transfusion.7

Are your patients’ treatment goals being met?

While existing treatments can be effective for some patients, many remain dependent on transfusions, which can make them vulnerable to poorer overall survival.1,8-10

Additional treatment options are needed to address anemia in MDS2


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