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Title: Recommendations for the use of pegylated interferon-alpha in the treatment of classical myeloproliferative neoplasms
Authors: Forsyth, Cecily J ;Chan, Wai-Hoong ;Grigg, A.;Cook, N.C.;Lane, S.W.;Burbury, K.;Perkins, A.C.;Ross, D.M.
Affliation: Central Coast Local Health District
Wyong Hospital
Issue Date: Nov-2018
Source: 49(8):948-954
Journal title: Internal Medicine Journal
Department: Medicine
Abstract: The classical myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) are uncommon clonal haematopoietic malignancies characterised by excessive production of mature blood cells. Clinically they are associated with thrombosis, haemorrhage, varying degrees of constitutional disturbance, and a risk of progression to myelofibrosis or acute myeloid leukaemia. Many of the disease manifestations may be ameliorated by treatment with interferon-α (IFN) but its use in Australian MPN patients has been limited due to the inconvenience of frequent injections and side effects. The pegylated form of IFN is a long-acting preparation which is better tolerated and its Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme listing is likely to lead to increased usage. We review the literature on risks and benefits of IFN treatment for MPNs, suggest criteria for patient selection in each of these diseases, and discuss strategies to manage the side effects of pegylated IFN. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1111/imj.14154
ISSN: 1444-0903
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Drug Therapy
Appears in Collections:Haematology

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