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BioTrends Releases TreatmentTrends(TM): US Nephrology, an Ongoing Syndicated Publication Providing Insight into Physician Perceptions and Management of Renal Anemia, Hyperphosphatemia, and Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
Date:1/12/2009

EXTON, Pa., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- BioTrends Research Group, Inc. released TreatmentTrends(TM): US Nephrology, a syndicated report based on online survey results from 305 Nephrologists in the US.

The renal anemia market continues to show signs of stabilization. While the percent of patients with Chronic Kidney Disease not on dialysis (CKD) on ESAs declined significantly compared to the same period last year, only a small percent of Nephrologists reported making any changes in the past three months in their use of ESAs. The most noteworthy upcoming changes in this market may come from the proposed bundling structure under which Nephrologists project shifts to subcutaneous dosing, less aggressive treatment of EPO hypo-responders, and increased focus on patients' iron status. The commercialization of new ESAs could also alter market dynamics in which Amgen's Epogen currently leads the dialysis market and Ortho Biotech's Procrit and Amgen's Aranesp virtually split the CKD market. Even though the perceived need for new ESA therapies is relatively low, ESAs with extended dosing intervals are desired in CKD and ESAs with less hemoglobin variability are desired in dialysis. And among those aware of Affymax's Hematide, currently in development, interest is high.

The IV iron market, on the other hand, is likely to see more changes in the near-term with the potential approval of AMAG's Feraheme (ferumoxytol), which could be commercially available in the first half of 2009. Although awareness of this product remains relatively low, significant increases in representative activity were reported this quarter. In the CKD market, oral iron continues to be the first line treatment of choice over IV iron, and rationale for this tends to center around convenience, a potential advantage for Feraheme due to its perceived dosing and administration benefits. Contrary to the CKD market, in dialysis, the majority of patients are on
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