Category Archives: M Loghman-Adham, MD

OMONTYS® (peginesatide) recalled due to fatal allergic reactions

On February 23, 2013, Affymax and Takeda announced a voluntary nationwide recall of all lots of Omontys (peginesatide), a peptide mimetic erythropoiesis stimulating agent (ESA), which was approved on March 27, 2012 by the FDA for the treatment of anemia … Continue reading

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Targeted therapy with folate-conjugated rapamycin, a promising treatment for PKD

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease(ADPKD) is a common genetic kidney disease caused by mutations in either PKD1 or PKD2 genes, resulting in the presence of multiple cysts that increase in size and lead to a number of complications, including early-onset … Continue reading

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Trials and tribulations in kidney disease

On November 3, 2012 at the recent meeting of the American Society of Nephrology-Kidney Week  in San Diego, the results of three important clinical trials in nephrology were presented during  a special session on High Impact Clinical Studies. The first … Continue reading

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Phase 3 Clinical Trial of CKD Drug Bardoxolone Halted on Safety Concerns

Reata Pharmaceuticals announced yesterday (Oct 18, 2012) that it has decided to terminate the phase 3 clinical trial of Bardoxolone methyl [BEACON] for treatment of patients with stage 4 kidney disease and type 2 diabetes.  Abbott is co-developing Bardoxolone and … Continue reading

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Calcium-Free Phosphate Binders – Review

This article was originally published in abbreviated form at an Spanish on-line journal [http://www.siicsalud.com/dato/dat048/06406023a.htm].  The attached pdf link is the full version, not published previously.  The article summarizes the issues related to phosphate retention, excess calcium absorption due to the … Continue reading

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ALTITUTE trial of aliskiren on top of ACE or ARB discontinued on DSMB recommendation

Dec 20, 2011 Shelley Wood from heartwire Basel, Switzerland – An increase in adverse events and no apparent benefits among patients randomized to aliskiren (Rasilez/Tekturna, Novartis) in the ALTITUDE trial has prompted the data safety and monitoring board (DSMB) for … Continue reading

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STAT3 as a possible new drug target for polycystic kidney disease

Two discoveries at UC Santa Barbara point to potential new drug therapies for patients with kidney disease. The findings are published in this week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Over 600,000 people in the U.S., … Continue reading

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Affymax’s peginesatide one step closer to FDA approval

The US Food and Drug Administration’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) voted 15 to one, with one abstention, that peginesatide (formerly known as Hematide), demonstrated a favorable benefit/risk profile for use in the treatment of dialysis patients with anemia due … Continue reading

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The NIH Conference: Impact of Chronic Kidney Disease, opportunities for randomized clinical trials

On July 19 and 20, I attended a conference and workshop organized by the NIH, entitled “Reducing the Impact of Chronic Kidney Disease, opportunities for randomized clinical trials”. It was attended by over 150 people representing academic nephrologists, NIH, FDA, … Continue reading

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Use of Biomarkers in Renal Diseases

1. BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION Traditional risk factors for CV disease (CVD) derived from the Framingham Heart Study do not predict all deaths due to cardiovascular events or stroke [Stenvinkel P 2006]. Biomarkers can supplement the information provided by traditional risk … Continue reading

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