unexplained anaemia

Study background

Anaemia is a medical condition in which you lack enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body’s tissues. This can make you feel tired and weak, and lead to other health complications. Unexplained anaemia of aging is diagnosed when there no other underlying causes for anaemia are identified after there has been appropriate testing. One in three people over the age of 65 who are diagnosed with anaemia may have unexplained anaemia of aging.

Currently, there is no approved treatment for unexplained anaemia of aging. This research study is being conducted to see if a new medication can be used to treat unexplained anaemia. If you agree to take part, you will be assigned randomly to either the study medication or a placebo.

Study Details

The study would require you to come in to the clinic weekly over a 4-month period, for up to an hour each visit. Over the course of the study, we will check your medical history, measure your fatigue levels, draw blood, conduct an ECG to check your heart, and organise an eye exam and an ultrasound exam if your blood vessels. You will need to take the study medication once daily while continuing to take your usual medicines, such as oral iron supplements.

You will be reimbursed for your time and involvement in the research study.

Eligibility criteria

  • Aged over 65 years
  • Diagnosed with Anaemia with no known underlying cause