for people ages 12 years and up (full criteria)
at Oakland, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion



This is a prospective, multi-center, randomized, crossover trial to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of red blood cells (RBCs) derived from Mirasol-treated whole blood (WB) versus conventional RBCs in transfusion dependent thalassemia patients. Throughout the clinical study, RBC transfusion volume and frequency will be determined by each subject's treating physician.

Official Title

Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of RBCs Derived From Mirasol-treated Whole Blood Compared With Conventional RBCs in Patients Requiring Chronic Transfusion Support


Patients will be randomized 1:1 to receive either Mirasol-treated RBCs followed by conventional RBCs, or to receive conventional RBCs followed by Mirasol-treated RBCs. The blood centers will collect the donor RBCs and supply the Mirasol-treated RBCs to the hospital sites for transfusion into patients. Hospital sites will order conventional RBCs as per their normal process, from their standard vendor.

Blood transfusion is the mainstay of care for individuals with thalassemia major. The purpose of transfusion is twofold: to improve the anemia and to suppress the ineffective erythropoiesis. A transfusion episode for these thalassemia patients are the routine transfusions administered on a regular schedule for the life of the patient.

The crossover trial design will consist of 2 treatment periods. Each period will include a 50 day wash-in phase (Day 0 of the wash-in = Day 0 of the treatment period) followed by 2 transfusion episodes. An end of study treatment follow-up visit will occur 2-4 weeks after the last per protocol transfusion, prior to the next standard of care transfusion. A final study visit will occur at least 60 days after the last per protocol transfusion.

The primary objective of the PRAISE study is to determine if percent survival of RBCs derived from Mirasol-treated WB is non-inferior to conventional RBCs when transfused into patients requiring chronic RBC transfusion support. The secondary objectives include comparing other efficacy and safety endpoints between treatment groups.


Transfusion Dependent Thalassemia Thalassemia pathogen reduction therapy Mirasol Red Blood Cells (MIR RBCs) Reference Red Blood Cells (REF RBCs)


You can join if…

Open to people ages 12 years and up

    1. Transfusion dependent thalassemia patient with mean 2-4 week transfusion intervals for the prior 6 months.
  • Age ≥ 12 years.
  • Negative pregnancy test for women of childbearing potential and agreement to practice a medically acceptable contraception regimen throughout the participation in the clinical trial. Not required if female subjects are not of child-bearing potential (ie, prior to menses onset, surgically sterilized, 1-year postmenopausal).
  • Signed informed consent from the patient, or if the patient is < 18 years of age, signed assent from patient and consent from parent/guardian, according to local Institutional Review Board/Ethics Committee (IRB/EC) requirements.

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Historical RBC transfusion requirement of more than 250 mL/kg/year.
  2. Presence of RBC antibodies that make procurement of compatible RBC units not feasible per the treating physician's clinical judgment for reasonable execution of the study.
  3. Prior treatment with pathogen-reduced RBCs with subsequent development of known antibodies to the associated RBCs.
  4. Planned treatment requirement of frozen RBC products.
  5. Treatment requirements for any medication that is known to cause hemolysis.
  6. Receiving cardiac medications for heart failure.
  7. Patients anticipated to receive massive transfusion, per the treating physician's clinical judgment.
  8. Known HIV infection (defined as HIV RNA positive) with changes to antiviral regimen within the 12 months prior to screening.
  9. Acute or chronic medical disorder that, in the opinion of the Investigator, would impair the ability of the patient to receive study treatment.
  10. . Participation in another clinical study, either concurrently or within the previous 28 days, in which the study drug or device may influence study endpoints or patient safety, according to Investigator discretion.
  11. . Participation in another clinical study within the past 3 months if investigational RBCs or treatment or drugs were received that are likely to have long term effect on RBCs function.
  12. . Pregnant or breastfeeding.
  13. . Planned concurrent treatment with other pathogen reduction treated blood products during participation in this study.
  14. . Patients who received prior treatment with pathogen-reduced RBCs within the past 120 days.
  15. . Inability to comply with study procedures and/or follow-up.


  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
    Oakland California 94609 United States
  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19104 United States


currently not accepting new patients, but might later
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