Kidney Transplant Drug Reduces Rejection Risk in Patients
The kidney transplant drug Belatacept, approved in June 2011, has been used to reduce the risk of kidney rejection in transplant patients with relatively good success. Early assessments placed Belatacept as a comparable therapy to another option, ciclosporin A. Now, a longer-term assessment, conducted by the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, is examining the additional benefit that may place it in a more favorable light than its comparator therapy.
The original studies of the benefits of Belatacept were measured over a three year period. Newly cited studies observed kidney transplant patients over a seven year period, allowing the data to reveal an additional benefit of the anti-rejection drug.
The patients who took Belatacept after their kidney transplant showed a significant advantage in renal insufficiency, especially those who obtained their kidney from a living donor or donor recently deceased from an accident. The added benefit was not pronounced in recipients who obtained a kidney from a deceased donor with certain allowed diseases or donors over 60 years of age.
The added benefit of Belatacept, in regards to improving risk of renal insufficiency, may result in the treatment becoming more common in kidney transplant patients. However, each case is unique and doctors will continue to assess all treatment options to prevent organ rejection and renal insufficiency following a kidney transplant.
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