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Keryx Reports Results of Open Label Extension Study Examining Long-Term Use of Zerenex, an Iron-Based Phosphate Binder, for the Treatment of Hyperphosphatemia
Date:9/23/2009

NEW YORK, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: KERX) today announced results of the Open Label Extension (OLE) trial of Zerenex (ferric citrate) for the treatment of elevated serum phosphorous levels, or hyperphosphatemia, in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on dialysis. The OLE trial, conducted in Taiwan, enrolled 29 of the 37 Taiwanese patients that had completed the randomized, multi-center, multi-national (United States and Taiwan) dose-ranging Phase 2 study. This OLE represents the first trial to examine the long-term safety and efficacy of Zerenex as a phosphate binder. The treatment period in all previous Zerenex Phase 2 clinical trials did not exceed 28 days.

The OLE trial provided for a daily dose, ranging from 2 to 6 g/day of Zerenex, for a period of up to one year following completion of the 28-day, dose-ranging Phase 2 study. The average duration of the patients' participation in the OLE trial was 306 +/- 85 days.

Data from the OLE trial indicate that the mean serum phosphorus level throughout the trial was 5.22 +/- 0.18 mg/dL, and the mean product of calcium times phosphate (CaxP) was 49.06 +/- 2.15 mg(2)/dL(2), both within the normal range as recommended by the KDOQI guidelines. In addition, during the OLE trial, the administration of IV iron as a supplement was withheld in 8 patients (27.6%) for periods ranging from 3 to 6 months and the administration of EPO was withheld in 8 patients (27.6%) for short periods because the hemoglobin, hematocrit, and iron parameters were within normal clinical ranges as assessed by the investigator. There were no signs of potential iron overload in the study patients, and there were no Zerenex-related serious adverse events as noted by either the pati
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