JOURNAL CITES AMGEN DRUG SENSIPAR TREATS DIALYSIS EFFECTS.Byline: Gregory J. Wilcox Staff Writer
THOUSAND OAKS - A drug marketed by Amgen Inc., the world's largest biotechnology concern, proved successful in treating bone pain and other side effects of dialysis, according to an article in today's New England Journal of Medicine The New England Journal of Medicine (New Engl J Med or NEJM) is an English-language peer-reviewed medical journal published by the Massachusetts Medical Society. It is one of the most popular and widely-read peer-reviewed general medical journals in the world. .
The article follows the March 8 U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the drug, Sensipar.
The Thousand Oaks-based company funded the research, led by Dr. Geoffrey Alan Block, director of the Division of Clinical Research at Denver Nephrologists.
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Analyst Dennis R. Harp at Deutsche Bank North American in New York said the journal article is more good news for Amgen because it can be used in advertising and left with doctors who are likely to prescribe the drug.
``Publication in a peer review journal is important for the marketing of the product and for physicians to become aware and familiar with it,'' he said.
Amgen did not offer any sales expectations.
About 300,000 patients receive dialysis annually in the United States and many of them eventually develop a condition called secondary hyperparathyroidism (HPT HPT Human Performance Technology
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HPT high-payoff target (US DoD) ), said spokeswoman Kelly Stoddard. It leads to bone pain, disease, fractures and vascular and soft-tissue calcification calcification /cal·ci·fi·ca·tion/ (kal?si-fi-ka´shun) the deposit of calcium salts in a tissue.
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Block's research showed that Sensipar, Amgen's drug in pill form, is effective in treating the condition and can reverse the symptoms, which if not treated can be debilitating de·bil·i·tat·ing
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Baird’s father was a professor of Greek literature at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where Baird grew up. & Co. in Milwaukee said news of the drug's success surfaced last November and that sales should eventually be relatively strong.
``In the overall scheme of things for Amgen it's not a big number (initially) but it could probably be a half-a-billion drug at some point,'' he said.
Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743