Friday, July 30, 2021

FDA Approves Kerendia (finerenone) for the Treatment of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Associated with Type 2 Diabetes

Bayer announced today the United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Kerendia (finerenone), a first-in-class nonsteroidal mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist (MRA) indicated to reduce the risk of sustained eGFR decline, kidney failure, cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction (MI) and hospitalization for heart failure in adult patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D).1 The approval is based on the results of the pivotal Phase III FIDELIO-DKD trial data that demonstrated positive kidney and cardiovascular outcomes in patients with CKD associated with T2D, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in October 2020, and follows priority review designation granted by the FDA.1,6







The patient population included in the trial that supported the approval of Kerendia were at risk of chronic kidney disease progression despite receiving standard of care treatment to control blood pressure and blood glucose,”1,6 said George Bakris, M.D., University of Chicago and lead FIDELIO-DKD study investigator. “In people with chronic kidney disease associated with type 2 diabetes, physicians now have a new treatment to provide kidney protection.”1,3,6

The Kerendia label contains a Warning and Precaution that Kerendia can cause hyperkalemia.1 For more information, see "Important Safety Information" below.

Despite guideline-directed therapies, many people with CKD associated with T2D are at risk for CKD progression and cardiovascular events.2,3,4,5 Type 2 diabetes is the leading cause of end stage kidney disease, when patients may need dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive.7,8,9 Blacks or African Americans and Hispanic Americans have higher rates of kidney failure than their non-Hispanic white counterparts.10

Kerendia works by blocking overactivation of the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR). Mineralocorticoid receptor overactivation is thought to contribute to fibrosis and inflammation.1 Fibrosis and inflammation can contribute to permanent structural kidney damage.4,11

“Kerendia is the first and only nonsteroidal mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist proven to significantly slow chronic kidney disease progression and reduce cardiovascular risk in people with chronic kidney disease associated with type 2 diabetes,”1,6 said Amit Sharma, M..D, Vice President of Cardiovascular and Renal, Bayer U.S. Medical Affairs. “We are excited to bring this new kidney-focused treatment to people living with this condition.”1

“Chronic kidney disease associated with type 2 diabetes can have such a debilitating impact on patients’ lives.10 Unfortunately, this disease is far reaching, as up to 40 percent of all patients with type 2 diabetes develop chronic kidney disease,”12 said Kevin Longino, CEO, National Kidney Foundation, and a kidney transplant patient. “It is important for physicians and patients to have new treatment options that can slow chronic kidney disease progression.”

Kerendia is expected to be available in the U.S. beginning the end of July 2021. Finerenone has also been submitted for marketing authorization in the European Union.

About Kerendia

INDICATION:

  • Kerendia is indicated to reduce the risk of sustained eGFR decline, end-stage kidney disease, cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction, and hospitalization for heart failure in adult patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D).1

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FDA Approves Kerendia (finerenone) for the Treatment of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Associated with Type 2 Diabetes

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