AstraZeneca’s Dapagliflozin gets approval for Chronic Kidney Disease in India

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Pune, February 13, 2021: AstraZeneca India (AstraZeneca Pharma India Limited), a leading science-led biopharmaceutical company, today announced that they have received marketing authorisation for their anti-diabetic drug dapagliflozin, in India for the treatment of patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) up to Stage III. The receipt of this permission paves way for the launch of Dapagliflozin Tablets 10mg into a new disease area to Nephrologists in India. 

AstraZeneca’s dapagliflozin is the first medicine in its class to show efficacy and safety data for the treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The study results of dapagliflozin showed significant benefits in reducing CKD progression in patients with and without type-2 diabetes. The DAPA-CKD study concluded globally on 30th March 2020 based on its effectiveness and safety.

Chronic kidney disease is an emerging public health problem. Global disease burden report of 2015 pointed out that CKD is the 12th most common cause of death with a 37.1% rise in mortality over 10 years. It is a serious, progressive condition defined by decreased kidney function and/or kidney damage, affecting nearly 70 Crore people worldwide, many of them still undiagnosed. The prevalence of CKD in India is estimated to be 17.2%, given its population >1 billion, the rising incidence of CKD is likely to pose major problems for both healthcare and the economy in future years. CKD is associated with significant patient death and an increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) events, such as heart failure and premature death. While there are medications that can address some of the risk factors for CKD or its associated problems, few work directly to slow renal disease progression.

DAPA-CKD is the first trial to demonstrate efficacy, including improvement in survival, in CKD patients both with and without Type2 Diabetes.

Dr Anil Kukreja, Vice President – Medical Affairs & Regulatory, AstraZeneca India said “AstraZeneca has always been on the forefront of an innovative solution for non-communicable diseases. Despite currently available therapies, a significant unmet need for effective management of CKD continues to exist globally. With the approval of dapagliflozin for CKD in India, an already effective Type 2 Diabetes and select Heart Failure treatment, can now be used by Nephrologists in the management of Chronic Kidney Disease. Dapagliflozin is the first SGLT2 inhibitor to demonstrate such unprecedented efficacy in the management of Chronic Kidney disease.”

Dr Dinesh Khullar, a National lead investigator of Dapa-CKD in India, said, “Dapagliflozin, an SGLT2 inhibitor, has provided enough research-based evidence to show its efficacy in the management of Type 2 diabetes and select heart failure patients. It can now be safely used to delay the progression of Chronic kidney disease both in diabetics and non-diabetics. This will go a long way in the effective clinical management of diabetes and its complications in India. Its approval by the regulatory bodies in India is a welcome move and will benefit CKD patients, both diabetics and non-diabetics, including those where the disease has already progressed significantly.” 

Dr Umesh Khanna – Director Kidney Associates – Mumbai, mentioned “Majority of the diabetes patients do have a silent kidney problem which goes undetected most of the times. We need to start screening more and all diabetic patients should check their urine for protein leakage or microalbumin in the urine. We now have a drug which can not only prevent renal events but also slow down the progress of kidney failure and prevent or delay dialysis and heart complications.”