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Voxelotor (Oxbryta°) in sickle-cell disease

 Marketing Authorisations   Voxelotor binds to haemoglobin and increases its affinity for oxygen. It is claimed that this prevents sickling and premature destruction of red blood cells. A reduction in oxygen release by haemoglobin would be expected in its presence. Voxelotor has been authorised in the European Union for the treatment of haemolytic anaemia due to sickle-cell disease, as monotherapy or in combination with hydroxycarbamide. In this situation, does voxelotor correct the clinical effects of anaemia or reduce the the incidence of complications of sickle-cell disease?
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Source: "Voxelotor (Oxbryta°) in sickle-cell disease" Prescrire Int 2024; 33 (257): 61-63. Subscribers only.

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