Ferric Citrate Approved for Dialysis Patients with High Blood Phosphate Levels
September 5, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ferric citrate (also known as Zerenex) to treat hyperphosphatemia (high blood phosphate levels) which occurs in patients receiving dialysis for chronic kidney disease. Ferric citrate is manufactured by Keryx Biopharmaceuticals.
Ferric citrate helps prevent the body from absorbing phosphate from foods because too much phosphate can accumulate in the blood which increases the risk for bone loss, cardiovascular disease and death. In addition, ferric citrate also increases blood iron supplies, which often are depleted by dialysis. Ferric citrate is to be taken as two tablets with each meal.
Keryx plans to give ferric citrate a brand name and to launch it by the end of 2014 and is anticipated to cost approximately $3,000 to $5,000 annually per patient.
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