What Is Ferriprox?
) is a prescription medication approved to treat people with thalassemia
who have iron overload from blood transfusions when current iron removal (chelation) therapy does not work well enough. Thalassemia is a genetic condition that causes destruction of red blood cells.
Who Makes This Medication?
Ferriprox is made by Apotex, Inc., for ApoPharma USA, Inc.
How Does Ferriprox Work?
Ferriprox is an iron chelator. This means that it binds with iron in the blood, allowing it to be excreted through the urine; normally, iron cannot be excreted through the urine. This helps to lower levels of iron in the blood.
This medication has been extensively evaluated in clinical studies. These studies evaluated Ferriprox in people who did not adequately respond to other iron chelation therapies. In these studies, about half of the people had a "good response" to Ferriprox, meaning these people had at least a 20 percent reduction in iron levels within the first year of use.
When and How to Take It
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Ferriprox include the following:
- Ferriprox comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth three times a day.
- You may take this medication with or without food. If it seems to bother your stomach, try taking it with food.
- For Ferriprox to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.