International Urology and Nephrology

, Volume 50, Issue 12, pp 2201–2206 | Cite as

Effect of daprodustat on anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease: a meta-analysis

  • Dengpiao Xie
  • Jianting Wang
  • Xinping Wu
  • Mingquan LiEmail author
Nephrology - Review



The efficacy of daprodustat for the treatment of anemic patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) remains controversial. The aim of the study is to perform a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials to evaluate the efficacy and safety of daprodustat for anemic patients with chronic kidney disease.


We searched Medline, Embase, Science Citation Index, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Clinical Trial Registries for randomized controlled trials comparing daprodustat with placebo for anemic patients with CKD.


Four studies were included. Compared with placebo groups, daprodustat groups significantly increased hemoglobin (WMD 1.29 g/dL; 95% CI 0.96–1.62, p < 0.00001), transferrin (WMD 0.67 g/dL; 95% CI 0.45–0.89, p < 0.00001), and total iron binding capacity (WMD 9.97 g/dL; 95% CI 6.07–13.8, p < 0.00001). Daprodustat groups significantly decreased hepcidin (WMD − 76.1 μg/L; 95% CI − 91.8 to − 60.3, p < 0.00001) and ferritin (WMD − 63.6 μg/L; 95% CI − 96.6 to − 30.7, p = 0.0002) compared with that of placebo groups. In addition, there was no significant difference in adverse events between the two groups.


Daprodustat could improve hemoglobin without increasing adverse events in the short term. Daprodustat may be another valuable choice for anemic patients with chronic kidney disease in the future.


Meta-analysis Daprodustat Chronic kidney disease 



Thanks Yuhua He, Guoshuan Zhu, and Lijie Li for useful suggestions.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dengpiao Xie
    • 1
  • Jianting Wang
    • 2
  • Xinping Wu
    • 1
  • Mingquan Li
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese MedicineChengduChina
  2. 2.People’s Hospital of Fujian ProvinceFuzhouChina
  3. 3.The Teaching Hospital of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese MedicineChengduChina

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