Oral iron in the haematology setting

Why is oral iron rarely sufficient in the haematology setting?

General practitioners will have already treated them with oral iron and the patients will either be non-compliant or the limit on iron absorption is such that oral iron is not sufficient.

So the patients who get as far as seeing a haematologist in a hospital, a high proportion of those will acquire i.v. iron, says Dr. Paul Stross, Consultant Haemotologist, Dept Haemotology St. Richards Hospital, Chichester, UK.