"Rita has more than 20 years of drug development experience, and having
directed multiple registration trials as well as a large cardiovascular
patient outcomes-driven trial, her expertise will be particularly
relevant to her role at Akebia," said
"I am excited to join Akebia at a pivotal time in the global Phase 3
development program for vadadustat," said
About Anemia Associated with CKD
Anemia results from the body's inability to coordinate red blood cell production in response to lower oxygen levels due to the progressive loss of kidney function with inadequate erythropoietin production. Left untreated, anemia significantly accelerates patients' overall deterioration of health with increased morbidity and mortality. Anemia is currently treated with injectable recombinant erythropoiesis stimulating agents, which are associated with inconsistent hemoglobin responses and well-documented safety risks. The prevalence of anemia increases with the severity of CKD and is higher in people with CKD who are over age 60.
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