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JJ gets FDA’s approval of Invokana to treat diabetic kidney

FDA has approved Invokana (canagliflozin) to treat diabetic kidney disease (DKD) and reduce the risk of hospitalization for heart failure in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and DKD, which is the only diabetes medicine indicated to slow the progression of diabetic nephropathy (also known as DKD) and reduce the risk of hospitalization for heart failure in patients with T2D and DKD.

James List, Global Therapeutic Area Head, Cardiovascular & Metabolism, Janssen Research & Development, LLC, said: “With the approval of these new uses, INVOKANA® is now the only diabetes medicine indicated to help type 2 diabetes patients reduce the risks associated with diabetic kidney disease, including hospitalization for heart failure. This significant advancement addresses serious unmet needs and could change the trajectory of care for the many millions of patients living with type 2 diabetes and diabetic kidney disease.”

“Given the nation’s heightened focus on kidney health at the highest levels of government, this approval couldn’t have come at a better time and offers real hope for patients with type 2 diabetes and diabetic kidney disease,” said LaVerne A. Burton, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Kidney Fund. “We know that the real battle to turn the tide on kidney disease is in early detection and slowing its progression so that patients stay healthier and fewer patients reach kidney failure. We are so grateful that advances in kidney disease research are producing treatment options that help to slow the progression of diabetic kidney disease and reduce the risk of hospitalization for heart failure.”

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