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[IP] kidneys and Epo


Epogen is recombinant human erythropoeiten which is produced by normally
functioning kidneys.  Its job is to cause stem cells (which are little
blank slate cells which come from the bone marrow) terminally
differentiate into red blood cells.  If you do not have or are not
making enough Epo, you do not have enough red blood cells (anemia) to
carry oxygen to the organs and brain.  This accounts for the tired
feeling during renal failure.  Before this wonder drug come along, the
only treatment for this was blood transfusion.  This drug is also used
alot for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy since they suffer from
anemia from the treatment.

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