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Thrombopoietic effects of pegylated recombinant human megakaryocyte growth and development factor (PEG-rHuMGDF) in patients with advanced cancer

RL Basser, JEJ Rasko, K Clarke, J Cebon, MD Green, S Hussein, C Alt, D Menchaca, D Tomita, J Marty, RM Fox, CG Begley

The Lancet | LANCET LTD | Published : 1996


BACKGROUND: Pegylated recombinant human megakaryocyte growth and development factor (PEG-rHuMGDF) is a potent stimulator of megakaryocyte colony formation and platelet production. It is likely to be useful in the management of severe thrombocytopenia. To determine its clinical activity and safety, we gave it to patients with advanced cancer before chemotherapy. METHODS: Patients were randomly assigned to receive either PEG-rHuMGDF or placebo in a three to one ratio. PEG-rHuMGDF was given at a dose of 0.03, 0.1, 0.3, or 1.0 microgram/kg body weight. The study drug or placebo were administered daily by subcutaneous injection for up to 10 days or until a target platelet count was reached. FINDI..

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