Can epoetin be used in Jehovah’s Witness patients in accordance with their beliefs?

· Southampton Medicines Advice Service, UKMi

On the basis of biblical statements, Jehovah’s Witnesses decline the transfusion of whole blood, red cells, white cells, plasma and platelets. This Medicines Q&A discusses the use of recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), either as epoetin alfa, epoetin beta or epoetin zeta, as a potential alternative to blood transfusion for Jehovah’s Witness patients.