Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Announces Upcoming Poster Presentations of Zerenex™ (ferric citrate) at National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 2012 Spring Clinical Meetings

NEW YORK, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: KERX) today announced that two abstracts highlighting potential cost savings based on clinical observations from prior clinical trials of Zerenex™ (ferric citrate), have been accepted for poster presentation at the upcoming National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 2012 Spring Clinical Meetings, taking place May 9-13, 2012, in Washington, DC.

The following posters will be presented by DaVita Clinical Research (DCR). The research was commissioned by Keryx and performed by DCR for presentation at the NKF meeting on Thursday, May 10, 2012, from 6:00pm-7:30pm:

  • Reduced Use of Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents and Intravenous Iron with Ferric Citrate: A Medicare Bundle Cost-Offset Model (Abstract # 337)
  • Reduced Use of Erythropoiesis-Simulating Agents and Intravenous Iron with Ferric Citrate: A Managed Care Cost-Offset Model (Abstract #338)

Zerenex, the Company's oral, ferric iron-based drug candidate for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in end stage renal disease patients on dialysis, is currently in Phase 3 clinical development pursuant to a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) agreement with the FDA.  The Zerenex Phase 3 registration program is comprised of an already successfully completed Phase 3 short-term study, and an ongoing Phase 3 long-term study.

Keryx holds a worldwide license (except for certain Asian Pacific countries) to Zerenex (ferric citrate) from Panion & BF Biotech, Inc. The Japanese rights are sublicensed by Keryx to Japan Tobacco Inc. and Torii Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

About Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals is focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of medically important pharmaceutical products for the treatment of renal disease. Keryx is developing Zerenex (ferric citrate), an oral, ferric iron-based compound that has the capacity to bind to phosphate and form non-absorbable complexes. The Phase 3 clinical program of Zerenex for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia (elevated phosphate levels) in patients with end-stage renal disease is being conducted pursuant to a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) agreement with the FDA. Keryx is headquartered in New York City.

Cautionary Statement

Some of the statements included in this press release, particularly those anticipating future clinical trials and business prospects for Zerenex (ferric citrate) may be forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. For those statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Among the factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially are the following: our ability, and our Japanese partner's ability, to successfully and cost-effectively complete clinical trials for Zerenex (ferric citrate); the risk that the data (both safety and efficacy) from the ongoing Phase 3 trials for Zerenex (ferric citrate) will not coincide with the data analyses from previous clinical trials reported by us and our Japanese partner; our ability to meet anticipated development timelines for Zerenex due to clinical trial results, manufacturing capabilities or other factors; our ability to replicate in our ongoing long-term Phase 3 clinical study the effects on intravenous (IV) iron and erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA) use observed in previous clinical trials; the ability for Zerenex to generate cost savings for dialysis centers, Medicare and managed-care payers; and other risk factors identified from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements set forth in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. We do not undertake to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date hereof. This press release and prior releases are available at http://www.keryx.com. The information found on our website is not incorporated by reference into this press release and is included for reference purposes only.

KERYX CONTACT:
Lauren Fischer
Director – Investor Relations
Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
Tel: 212.531.5965
E-mail: lfischer@keryx.com

SOURCE Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.



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