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BioTrends Releases TreatmentTrends(TM): Nephrology and Renal Dietitians, Two Syndicated Reports Providing Continuing Insight into the Management of Renal Anemia, Hyperphosphatemia, and Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
Date:10/27/2008

Ds report a high and growing influence in decisions regarding the use of Sensipar. Treatment prevalence with Sensipar in hemodialysis patients, according to both MDs and RDs has been lingering at around 30%. While Sensipar is often used second line to Vitamin D, it does seem to impact Vitamin D dose, with the majority of RDs reporting that patients on Sensipar tend to be on lower doses of Vitamin D.

In the renal anemia market, Nephrologists seem to be settling into the new treatment standards (e.g., lower target hemoglobin levels, lower levels for ESA initiation, holds, and dose reductions) and more than two-thirds do not anticipate making any additional changes to their use of ESAs in CKD or dialysis. While Amgen's Epogen continues to dominate the dialysis market, there did seem to be some brand shifting between Amgen's Aranesp and Ortho Biotech's Procrit in CKD. Nephrologists do not predict significant changes in ESA market share in CKD or dialysis in the near-term, but they do project that bundling will have an impact on ESA use most likely through shifts to subcutaneous dosing and less aggressive treatment of EPO hypo-responders. New ESAs in development could also shift market dynamics particularly if these products are able to meet what Nephrologists identified as the most desired attributes in a new ESA.

In terms of IV iron, American Regent's Venofer remains the market leader in both dialysis and CKD, however, office-based Nephrologists report significantly higher CKD share for Venofer and hospital-based Nephrologists report significantly higher CKD share for Watson's Ferrlecit. In the dialysis market, very little brand switching took place in the past year, although 60% of Nephrologists primarily affiliated with Fresenius units expect their use of Venofer to increase following the news that Fresenius will be marketing and distributing Venofer in dialysis units. Awareness of AMAG Pharmaceutical's Ferumoxytol continues to be low. Among those famil
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