Efficacy and safety of ferric carboxymaltose versus ferrous sulfate for iron deficiency anemia during pregnancy: Subgroup analysis of Korean women

Jae Yoon Shim, Moon Young Kim, Young Ju Kim, Young Lee, Jeong Jae Lee, Jong Kwan Jun, Jong Chul Shin, Yong Kyoon Cho, Keun Young Lee, Ahm Kim, Tae Bok Song

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Abstract

Background: We performed a post-hoc subgroup analysis in Korean women who participated in the Phase III FER-ASAP (FERric carboxymaltose-Assessment of SAfety and efficacy in Pregnancy) study to compare the efficacy and safety of ferric carboxymaltose (FCM) with oral ferrous sulfate (FS). Methods: Pregnant Korean women (gestational weeks 16-33) with iron-deficiency anemia (IDA) were randomized 1:1 to FCM (n=46; 1000-1500mg iron) or FS (n=44; 200mg iron/day) group for 12weeks. The primary objective was to compare the mean hemoglobin (Hb) increase at week 3; secondary objectives included change in iron parameters, quality of life (QoL), and safety. Results: Baseline characteristics of the Korean subgroup were consistent with those of non-Korean FER-ASAP population except for lower body-mass index and higher maternal age. Hb level increases were comparable between the two treatment groups in Korean women at week 3 (FCM 1.23±0.89g/dL vs FS 1.14±1.72g/dL). Iron parameters improved over time as secondary endpoints were significantly in favor of FCM. In terms of QoL, FCM treatment significantly improved the mental and physical components as well as vitality prior to delivery. Both treatments were well tolerated. Conclusions: FCM provided significantly greater improvements in iron parameters and QoL compared to FS in the Korean subgroup. FCM may be a preferable alternative to currently available treatments for IDA during pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number349
JournalBMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 28 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • Anemia
  • Clinical trial
  • Ferric carboxymaltose
  • Intravenous iron
  • Iron deficiency
  • Korea
  • Pregnancy

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