NEW YORK, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
and Abbott's Ross Products Division announced today a joint partnership to
develop educational programs that focus on nutrition and chronic kidney
disease. The new initiative, which is part of NKF's "Partners in Education
Program," will feature print and online educational programs for both
patients and health care professionals. In addition, Abbott will be
identified with the NKF's Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), a free
health screening for those at risk of chronic kidney disease. All
educational programs will be developed by the NKF and promoted through its
Kidney Learning System. Abbott will promote the new partnership by
displaying the NKF's logo on the product labels of its two nutritional
supplements for people with kidney disease, Nepro(TM) and Suplena(TM).
"Malnutrition is common in patients with chronic kidney disease," says
Allan Collins, MD, president of the National Kidney Foundation. "Recent
studies have shown that it is an issue even for patients who are not yet
receiving dialysis treatment and that those who suffer malnutrition before
dialysis have a greater risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
Maintaining good nutritional status is critically important for all people
with chronic kidney disease."
"Our company has a longstanding commitment to educating health care
professionals and their patients about the important role nutrition plays
in health maintenance and disease management," states Gary McCullough,
president of Abbott's Ross Products Division. "We are pleased to be
partners with the National Kidney Foundation for this nationwide initiative
that will benefit people living with Chronic Kidney Disease."
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition where the kidneys are no
longer able to filter toxins from the blood to sustain healthy body
About National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation is the nation's largest voluntary agency
dedicated to preventing and treating kidney and urinary tract diseases,
improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by
these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for
transplantation. To receive free copies of "Nutrition and Chronic Kidney
Disease in the Early Stages: Are You Getting What You Need?" and "Nutrition
and Dialysis: Are You Getting What You Need?," contact the National Kidney
Foundation at 800-622-9010.
Abbott is committed to ongoing innovation in the area of chronic kidney
disease. Abbott produces two nutritional supplements for people with kidney
disease: Nepro and Suplena. Nepro is specifically designed and clinically
shown to support the nutritional needs and altered metabolism of people on
dialysis. Suplena is a low-protein, high-calorie nutritionally complete
formula with a vitamin and mineral profile specifically designed for people
in earlier stages of chronic kidney disease who are not receiving dialysis.
The company also markets oral and IV-form activated vitamin D medications
to address the needs of both CKD and dialysis patients.
Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the
discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and
medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The
company employs 65,000 people and markets its products in more than 130
Abbott's news releases and other information are available on the
company's Web site at http://www.abbott.com.
SOURCE National Kidney Foundation