Darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp)

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General information

Class/mechanism: Erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA), stimulates division and differentiation of erythroid precursors.[1][2][3][4]
Route: SC, IV
Extravasation: no information

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Patient drug information

Also known as

  • Brand names: Actorise, Aranestp, Bionesp, Cresp, Darbetin, Darbex, Derise, Kabidarba, Nesp, Nespo


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp) package insert
  2. Darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp) package insert (locally hosted backup)
  3. Aranesp manufacturer's website
  4. As of 4/14/2017, use of this medication in patients with oncologic diagnoses no longer requires enrollment in the ESA APPRISE Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Program
  5. Darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp) patient drug information (Chemocare)
  6. Darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp) patient drug information (UpToDate)