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Infed (Iron Dextran) - Summary


Boxed Warning

Anaphylactic-type reactions, including fatalities, have followed the parenteral administration of iron dextran injection.

• Have resuscitation equipment and personnel trained in the detection and treatment of anaphylactic-type reactions readily available during INFeD administration.

• Administer a test INFeD dose prior to the first therapeutic dose. If no signs or symptoms of anaphylactic-type reactions follow the test dose, administer the full therapeutic INFeD dose.

• During all INFeD administrations, observe for signs or symptoms of anaphylactic-type reactions. Fatal reactions have followed the test dose of iron dextran injection. Fatal reactions have also occurred in situations where the test dose was tolerated.

• Use INFeD only in patients in whom clinical and laboratory investigations have established an iron deficient state not amenable to oral iron therapy.

• Patients with a history of drug allergy or multiple drug allergies may be at increased risk of anaphylactic-type reaction to INFeD.



INFeD (Iron Dextran Injection USP) is a dark brown, slightly viscous sterile liquid complex of ferric hydroxide and dextran for intravenous or intramuscular use. Each mL contains the equivalent of 50 mg of elemental iron (as an iron dextran complex), approximately 0.9% sodium chloride, in water for injection. Sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid may have been used to adjust pH. The pH of the solution is between 5.2 and 6.5.
Therapeutic Class: Hematinic

Intravenous or intramuscular injections of INFeD are indicated for treatment of patients with documented iron deficiency in whom oral administration is unsatisfactory or impossible.

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Published Studies Related to Infed (Iron Dextran)

A randomized controlled trial comparing intravenous ferric carboxymaltose with oral iron for treatment of iron deficiency anaemia of non-dialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease patients. [2011.05]
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency is a common cause of anaemia and hyporesponsiveness to erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) in non-dialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease (ND-CKD) patients. Current intravenous iron agents cannot be administered in a single high dose because of adverse effects. Ferric carboxymaltose, a non-dextran parenteral iron preparation, can be rapidly administered in high doses... CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that 1000 mg ferric carboxymaltose can be rapidly administered, is more effective and is better tolerated than oral iron for treatment of iron deficiency in ND-CKD patients.

Total infusion of low molecular weight iron-dextran for treating postpartum anemia. [2011]
AIM: 135 puerperal women with iron deficiency anemia participated in our prospective randomized controlled trial in order to investigate alternative treatments to blood transfusion for anemia... CONCLUSION: It seems that total iron-dextran infusion is a safe and rapid therapy of iron-deficiency postpartum anemia increases the Hb level more rapidly than oral ferrous sulfate, and it also appears to replenish iron stores more rapidly.

Lipid peroxidation products formation with various intravenous iron preparations in chronic kidney disease. [2009]
The role of intravenous iron in contributing to oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction in chronic kidney disease (CKD) is debatable. The present study assessed differences in fasting plasma malondialdehyde (pMDA) levels 30 minutes before and after intravenous infusion of low molecular weight iron dextran (ID) (n = 19), iron-sucrose (IS) (n = 20), and sodium ferrigluconate complex (SFGC) (n = 20) in stage 3 and 4 CKD patients...

Iron sucrose causes greater proteinuria than ferric gluconate in non-dialysis chronic kidney disease. [2007.09]
Non-dextran intravenous (i.v.) iron preparations seem to differentially affect proteinuria in patients with chronic kidney disease. To study effects of ferric gluconate and iron sucrose on proteinuria, we conducted a crossover trial in 12 patients with stage 3-4 chronic kidney disease...

Iron therapy in the pediatric hemodialysis population. [2004.06]
Iron therapy maintains iron stores and optimizes the response to recombinant human erythropoietin (r-HuEPO) in patients with end-stage renal failure. Information is limited, however, regarding the preferential route of iron administration in pediatric patients receiving hemodialysis.therapy allowed for a significant improvement in iron stores.

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Clinical Trials Related to Infed (Iron Dextran)

Intravaneous Iron(1000 mg Low Molecular Weight Iron Dextran Over 60 Minutes) for Pregnant Women [Recruiting]
To determine the percentage of women who achieve anemia correction after a single dose of 1000mg of low molecular weight iron dextran(infed).

A Trial to Investigate the Pharmacokinetics (PK) of Single Doses of 200 �g, 400 �g and 2 x 400 �g of Intranasal Fentanyl Spray (INFS) in Healthy Subjects [Completed]
The overall clinical trial objective is to gain information about the Pharmacokinetics (PK) of a 400 g dose strength of INFS using a Population PK (PopPK). In total, 20 healthy male and female subjects are planned to be randomized in the trial. Subjects will be randomized to one of two treatment sequences and treated with 3 different dosages (either 200 g/dose INFS, 400 g/dose or 400 g two doses administered 10 minutes apart) over two days. Subjects will be hospitalized over a period of total 5 days, where safety assessments and pharmacokinetic samplings will be conducted.

Hypophosphatemia With Intravenous Ferric Carboxymaltose Versus Iron Dextran in Women With Iron Deficiency Secondary to Heavy Uterine Bleeding [Active, not recruiting]
The primary objective of this study is to assess the safety of an investigational intravenous iron (ferric carboxymaltose [FCM]) or an equal dose of iron dextran and explore the mechanism of hypophosphatemia following administration of FCM or that of an equal dose of iron dextran when treating women with iron deficiency anemia due to heavy uterine bleeding (HUB).

Intravenous Ferric Carboxymaltose (FCM) Versus IV Iron Sucrose or IV Iron Dextran in Treating Iron Deficiency Anemia in Women [Recruiting]
The purpose of this study is to compare safety and the oxidative stress potential of two doses of an investigational IV iron, ferric carboxymaltose (FCM), compared to an equal single dose of IV iron sucrose or IV iron dextran in the treatment of Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) in female subjects.

Safety and Tolerability of Ferric Carboxymaltose (FCM) Versus Iron Dextran in Treating Iron Deficiency Anemia [Completed]
The objective of this study is to evaluate the safety of FCM in patients with anemia who are not dialysis dependent.

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Reports of Suspected Infed (Iron Dextran) Side Effects

Cough (4)Back Pain (4)Throat Irritation (4)Anaphylactic Reaction (3)Feeling Hot (3)Blood Pressure Increased (3)Flushing (3)Heart Rate Increased (3)Hypersensitivity (2)Erythema (2)more >>

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