What would you do if you could slow the progression of Kidney Failure with a simple medication? With various medications being explored, news of the market release of a drug that is found to help some patients prolong kidney function or even avoid Dialysis entirely comes as great news to the Chronic Kidney Disease Community.
In some of the best news for the Chronic Kidney Disease patients nearing Dialysis, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new drug that has been shown to slow down the progression of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) to Kidney Failure.
A genetic disease, PKD, causes cysts to grow inside the kidneys. These cysts make the kidneys much larger than they should be and damage the tissue that the kidneys are made of, causing Chronic Kidney Disease and ultimately Kidney Failure. The new drug developed by Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Jynarque (also known as Tolvaptan), is a pill taken twice a day that slows the growth of cysts and has been shown to preserve kidney function.
Although it does not cure PKD, Jynarque does extend the time before a patient needs Dialysis or a Kidney Transplant. This is great news for the entire Chronic Kidney Disease Community and not just those with PKD since the hereditary disease causes about 2 percent (2 out of every 100) of the cases of Kidney Failure in the United States. Hence, due to the fact that less PKD patients will be on Dialysis and in need of a Kidney Transplant, it allows more space and a shorter wait times for those currently waiting for a Kidney Transplant to get off of Dialysis.
Also, the success of Jynarque shows that a major breakthrough is possible with the right amount of dedication and patient involvement. Thus, if you are following a potential breakthrough device, therapy or medication, do not lose faith with delays and setbacks, remain hopeful that it too can be as successful as the Jynarque Medication and help greatly improve your life as well.
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