Anaemia in CKD

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Iron and ESA therapy in CKD and Peritoneal Dialysis

For conservative care patients, those on peritoneal dialysis, and those who have not yet commenced haemodialysis, Monofer® is currently the preferred IV preparation. Treatment of these patients are managed by our Anaemia Co-ordinators, who can be contacted on 0131 242 1204. To download the current protocol for IV Monofer, please click here.

Community-based patients, such as those with advanced CKD, pre-dialysis patients and those on peritoneal dialysis, can receive ESA therapy from the hospital or their GP via a Shared Care Agreement. This type of ESA therapy is usually given subcutaneously, and the current ESA of choice is Mircera®.

Iron and ESA therapy in Haemodialysis

Diafer® is currently the IV iron preparation of choice for haemodialysis patients within NHS Lothian. Dosing is patient dependent, but most patients will receive either 50 or 100mg on a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly basis during their dialysis sessions. Iron stores are checked once every 3 months, although more frequent monitoring may be necessary for some patients.

Haemodialysis patients who require ESA therapy will receive Neorecoromon®. See tablet below for guidance regarding initiation of ESA therapy in haemodialysis patients. For full guidance, click here.

Quick Reference Guide for ESA therapy in Haemodialysis


Indication Haemoglobin consistently <105 g/L in an iron replete patient
Target Hb (g/l) Population target Hb range: 105 – 125 g/L. Hb should not be allowed to rise above 130g/L
Contraindications Uncontrolled hypertension (SBP >170mmHg, DBP >95mmHg)
Baseline Investigations (rationale)
  • Exclude occult blood loss
  • Reticulocyte count (to assess bone marrow responsiveness)
  • Iron studies (to ensure iron replete, i.e. Tsats >20%)
  • Vitamin B12 and Folate (to exclude nutritional deficiency)
  • PTH  (hyperparathyroidism can contribute to ESA resistance)
  • CRP (inflammation can contribute to ESA resistance)
  • TFTs (hypothyroidism can contribute to ESA resistance)
Initiation Dosing
The typical starting dose of Neorecoromon is 150 units/kg body weight/week. This is usually administered as 3 divided doses (but can be given as a single weekly dose), given intravenously during haemodialysis.
Monitoring Haemoglobin is checked monthly, although more frequent monitoring can be requested if clinically indicated.
Dose Adjustment (induction period) – If the rate of rise is <10 g/L/month, increase weekly ESA dose by 25%
– If the rate of rise of Hb is ≥ 15 g/l/month, decrease weekly dose by 25-50%
Dose Adjustment (stable period) – If Hb exceeds 125g/L, reduce weekly dose by 25-50% and consider period of discontinuation
– If Hb falls below 100g/l, increase weekly dose by 25%
Resistance If ESA doses ≥250units/kg/week are required to maintain haemoglobin, this should be discussed with senior staff and patients should be investigated for causes of ESA resistance.