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

Wajeh Y. Qunibi, Carlos Martinez, Mark Smith, Joseph Benjamin, Antoinette Mangione, Simon D. Roger

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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.Methods. This open-label trial randomized 255 subjects with glomerular filtration rates ≤ 45 mL/min/1.73 m2, haemoglobin ≤ 11 g/dL, transferrin saturation ≤ 25%, ferritin ≤ 300 ng/mL, and stable ESA dose to either intravenous ferric carboxymaltose 1000 mg over 15 min (with up to two additional doses of 500 mg at 2-week intervals) or oral ferrous sulphate 325 mg thrice daily for a total of 195 mg elemental iron daily for 56 days.Results. In the modified intent-to-treat population, the proportion of subjects achieving a haemoglobin increase < 1 g/dL at any time was 60.4% with ferric carboxymaltose and 34.7% with oral iron (P < 0.001). At Day 42, mean increase in haemoglobin was 0.95 ± 1.12 vs 0.50 ± 1.23 g/dL (P = 0.005), mean increase in ferritin was 432 ± 189 ng/mL vs 18 ± 45 ng/mL (P < 0.001) and mean increase in transferrin saturation was 13.6 ± 11.9% vs 6.1 ± 8.1% (P < 0.001). Treatment-related adverse events were significantly fewer with ferric carboxymaltose than with oral iron (2.7% and 26.2%, respectively; P < 0.0001).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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1599-1607
Number of pages9
JournalNephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2011



  • CKD
  • anaemia
  • ferritin
  • intravenous iron
  • transferrin saturation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation

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