Iron deficiency anemia, which develops early in the course of CKD and worsens with disease progression, is extremely prevalent in the NDD-CKD population and is associated with fatigue, lethargy, decreased quality of life and is also believed to be associated with cardiovascular complications, hospitalizations, and increased mortality. Based on data contained in a 2009 publication in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, it is estimated that over 1.5 million adults with NDD-CKD in the U.S. alone are also afflicted with iron deficiency anemia. To combat this anemia, iron replacement therapy is essential to increase iron stores, such as ferritin and TSAT levels, and raise hemoglobin levels. Currently available oral iron supplements are associated with limited efficacy and dose-limiting tolerability issues. No oral iron agents are currently FDA approved to treat iron deficiency anemia in NDD-CKD. Erythropoiesis stimulating agents (ESAs) and intravenous (IV) iron are not frequently administered in NDD-CKD due to both the FDA warning label of potential cardiovascular risk for ESAs in NDD-CKD and logistical complications associated with administering IV medicines in office settings which lack the necessary facilities, such as emergency equipment and/or emergency medical access. Consequently, the NDD-CKD patient population remains underserved.ABOUT KERYX BIOPHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Initiates Phase 2 Study Of Zerenex™ (ferric Citrate) For The Treatment Of Patients With Non-Dialysis Dependent Chronic Kidney Disease
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