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Outcomes of cinacalcet withdrawal in Australian dialysis patients


BACKGROUND: Secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in chronic kidney disease is associated with cardiovascular and bone pathology. Measures to achieve parathyroid hormone (PTH) target values and control biochemical abnormalities associated with SHPT require complex therapies, and severe SHPT often requires parathyroidectomy or the calcimimetic cinacalcet. In Australia, cinacalcet was publicly funded for dialysis patients from 2009 to 2015 when funding was withdrawn following publication of the EVOLVE study, which resulted in most patients on cinacalcet ceasing therapy. We examined the clinical and biochemical outcomes associated with this change at Australian renal centres. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of dialysis patients who ceased cinacalcet after August 2015 in 11 Australian units. Clinical outcomes and changes in biochemical parameters were assessed over a 24- and 12-month period respectively from cessation of cinacalcet. RESULTS: 228 patients were included (17.7% of all dialysis patients from the units). Patients were aged 63+/-15 years with 182 patients on haemodialysis and 46 on peritoneal dialysis. Over 24 months following cessation of cinacalcet, we observed 26 parathyroidectomies, 3 episodes of calciphylaxis, 8 fractures and 50 deaths. Seven patients recommenced cinacalcet, meeting criteria under a special access scheme. Biochemical changes from baseline to 12 months after cessation included increased levels of serum PTH from 54 (IQR 27-90) pmol/L to 85 (IQR 41-139) pmol/L (p<0.0001), serum calcium from 2.3+/-0.2mmol/L to 2.5+/-0.1mmol/L (p<0.0001) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) from 123 (92-176) IU/L to 143 (102-197) IU/L (p<0.0001). CONCLUSION: Significant increases in serum PTH, calcium and ALP occurred over a 12-month period following withdrawal of cinacalcet. Longer term follow-up will determine if these biochemical and therapeutic changes are associated with altered rates of parathyroidectomies and cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Type Journal
ISBN 1445-5994 (Electronic) 1444-0903 (Linking)
Authors Ruderman, I.; Holt, S. G.; Kirkland, G. S.; Maslen, S.; Hawley, C. M.; Oliver, V.; Krishnasamy, R.; Gray, N. A.; Talaulikar, G. S.; Nelson, C. L.; Rajaram, Y.; Gock, H.; Au, E.; Elder, G. J.; Mainra, R.; Toussaint, N. D.
Responsible Garvan Author Prof Grahame Elder
Published Date 2019-01-01
Published Volume 49
Published Issue 1
Published Pages 48-54
Status Published in-print
DOI 10.1111/imj.14036
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