RAYALDEE® Launched in Germany by OPKO Health’s Licensee, VFMCRP
MIAMI, Feb. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OPKO Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) announces that Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma (VFMCRP) has initiated the commercial launch of RAYALDEE® (extended release calcifediol) in Germany, the first launch of RAYALDEE outside the U.S. VFMCRP is OPKO’s commercial partner for RAYALDEE in Europe and selected markets outside the U.S., and the sales kick-off in Germany began with presentations by VFMCRP executives and several nephrology key opinion leaders.
RAYALDEE extended-release capsules are indicated for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in adult patients with stage 3 or 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD) and vitamin D insufficiency. VFMCRP has received marketing authorizations for RAYALDEE in 11 European countries and expects to launch in additional markets later this year.
“The launch of RAYALDEE in Germany is a significant commercial milestone with more European countries expected to come on board, beginning with Switzerland in early March. Europe represents a large market opportunity for RAYALDEE with an estimated 26 million people suffering from stage 3 or 4 CKD,” said Phillip Frost, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OPKO. “VFMCRP has significant expertise in nephrology and we are confident in their ability to market RAYALDEE successfully in Germany and other licensed territories.”
RAYALDEE is an extended-release oral formulation of calcifediol, a prohormone of calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D3. The product is the first and only medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for raising serum total 25D and lowering blood levels of intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH). RAYALDEE is approved to treat SHPT in adults with stage 3 or 4 CKD and vitamin D insufficiency in the U.S. and in 11 European countries. It is in development for patients with stage 5 CKD on dialysis.
About Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma
Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma (a joint company with Fresenius Medical Care) is part of the Vifor Pharma Group, a global pharmaceutical company. It aims to become the global leader in iron deficiency, nephrology and cardio-renal therapies. The company is a partner of choice for pharmaceuticals and innovative patient-focused solutions. Vifor Pharma Group strives to help patients around the world with severe and chronic diseases lead better, healthier lives. The company develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products for precision patient care. Vifor Pharma Group holds a leading position in all its core business activities and consists of the following companies: Vifor Pharma and Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma (a joint company with Fresenius Medical Care). Vifor Pharma Group is headquartered in Switzerland, and listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX Swiss Exchange, VIFN, ISIN: CH0364749348). For more information, please visit viforpharma.com.
About OPKO Health, Inc.
OPKO is a multinational biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company that seeks to establish industry-leading positions in large, rapidly growing markets by leveraging its discovery, development, and commercialization expertise and novel and proprietary technologies. For more information, visit www.opko.com.
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