FDA Puts CKD Drug on Fast Track

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given type 2 diabetes drug Farxiga (dapagliflozin) a fast track designation that aims to help chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. AstraZeneca (Cambridge, UK) announced that the drug was fast tracked for development as a treatment to delay the progression of kidney failure and prevent cardiovascular and renal death in patients with CKD.

The company noted, however, the drug is contraindicated for patients with severe kidney impairment (with an eGFR <30 mL/min/1.73 m2), with end stage kidney disease, or who are on dialysis.

The drug is also not recommended for patients