Scientists Hope to Eliminate the Need for Anti-rejection Drugs After an Organ Transplant with Experimental Procedure

2019-01-23T12:46:34+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Costs for Treatment, Kidney Transplant, Medication|

A patient who received a liver transplant decreased his anti-rejection drugs from 40 to one (with the hope to eventually eliminate all anti-rejection medications being taken) with the help of doctors and an experimental procedure, as published this week by The New York Times. The procedure involves training the immune system of the patient receiving the organ into not attacking the new organ by manipulating white blood cells from both the organ donor and the recipient and later reincorporating those cells into the recipient. The Advantages and Disadvantages of Anti-rejection Drugs In order for organ transplants to be successful, patients must [...]

Medication Use and the Role of the Pharmacist Recording and Slides

2019-01-04T19:17:04+00:00November 20th, 2018|Categories: eNews, Medication, News & Events, Treatment, Webinar|

If you were unable to attend our last education seminar, the recording is now available! Please see the video and links below for details. We want to keep getting better. Please help us by sharing your comments and suggestions here: Webinar Review View the Recording: Download the slides. Additional Videos Mentioned During Presentation: Patients Stories of Pharmacists' Care Expert Shares Key Steps in Staying Healthy with Kidney Disease Pharmacist Discusses Medications for Kidney Disease

CDC Advises Patients and Their Families to Be Antibiotics Aware

2018-11-15T00:12:33+00:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: eNews, Medication, News & Events, Treatment, What Causes Kidney Disease, What Is Kidney Disease|

People with chronic medical conditions, such as kidney disease, are at a higher risk of getting an infection, which can lead to sepsis. Antibiotics are life-saving drugs and critical tools for treating infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising patients and their families to use antibiotics only when necessary to further reduce antibiotic resistance, the spread of superbugs, and protect patients from side effects from antibiotics. During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week and throughout the year, CDC promotes Be Antibiotics Aware, an educational effort to raise awareness about the importance of safe antibiotic use. The Be Antibiotics Aware initiative educates the public about [...]

RSVP for Next Month’s Webinar – Medication Use and the Role of the Pharmacist

2018-10-23T16:17:32+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: eNews, Medication, News & Events, Treatment, Webinar|

Presented by: Wendy St. Peter, PharmD, FCCP, FASN, FNKF, Professor at the College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) often times… have other medical conditions require many medicines have several doctors that prescribe medicines go to more than one pharmacy to get medicines It can be hard for patients, doctors and other healthcare professionals to keep track of all the medicines their patients with CKD take. The issues above can lead to medication therapy problems (MTPs). MTPs can…. reduce the good effects of medicines lead to safety issues (e.g., bad reaction to a medicine) result in non-adherence [...]

Taking Statins Before and After Kidney Failure May Lead to Better Outcomes for Dialysis Patients

2018-10-17T16:43:20+00:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: eNews, Medication, News & Events, Treatment|

Individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD) that took statins at least six months before and after kidney failure had a 28 percent lower risk of death than patients who stopped taking statins after kidney failure, as found in one study. In addition, these individuals had an 18 percent lower risk of cardiovascular-related death when compared to the statin discontinuers. The better cardiovascular outcomes were not observed in studies where individuals with CKD started taking statins after kidney failure, pointing to the importance of early CKD detection and taking statins before and after kidney failure. Statins are drugs taken to lower the [...]

Scientists Observe Delayed Progression of Rare Kidney Disease with the Aid of Medication

2018-09-07T17:21:17+00:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: eNews, Medication, Pediatric Kidney Disease, What Is Kidney Disease|

Researchers are making progress toward developing medications to delay the progression of rare kidney diseases. A study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology reported a lower decline of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) among individuals with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) treated with medication, compared to the control group. Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) measures kidney function effectiveness by documenting how well the kidneys are filtering the blood. Researchers hope this type of medication will prevent or delay the need for an individual to go on dialysis or other kidney replacement therapy. The decline of eGFR [...]

Tips for Taking Medication

2018-07-14T23:03:05+00:00May 21st, 2018|Categories: Medication|

An important part of treatment is taking your medication daily and as required. Even though you might not feel any difference from skipping a medication, it will still affect your body and may create additional long-term problems. Understanding kidney disease, why you are taking each medication and what the medication does will keep you motivated to follow your medication schedule. In addition to your medical team, the pharmacist who fills your prescriptions will be able to help you understand your medications, when to take them, and can provide reminder tips. The pharmacist may also be able to tell you which foods [...]

Researchers Think They’ve Found the Cause of Organ Rejection

2018-12-11T01:53:49+00:00June 29th, 2017|Categories: eNews, Kidney Transplant, Medication|

Receiving a kidney transplant is the preferred treatment for end-stage renal disease (ESRD). However, wait times to receive a transplant can be long, and the cost of medication to maintain the transplant is very high. Transplanted organs typically last around 10 years, if taken care of well. However, researchers at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh may have found the answer to prevent organ rejection. Fadi Lakkis, the scientific director at the transplantation institute, believed ideally, an organ transplant would last the rest of the patient’s life. Not only this, but the drugs that suppress the [...]

Research Shows Eating More Fruits and Vegetables Cuts Kidney Patients’ Medicine Expense in Half

2019-02-13T09:37:58+00:00October 19th, 2016|Categories: Early Intervention, eNews, Lifestyle, Medication, Nutrition, What Causes Kidney Disease|Tags: , |

High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of kidney disease. When blood pressure is too high, blood vessel walls can thicken and become stiff which can also damage organs throughout the body such as the kidneys. Not only can high blood pressure damage kidneys, but kidney disease can lead to high blood pressure. If kidneys are damaged and can no longer make an enzyme known as renin, blood pressure can be elevated. With continued emphasis on managing and even preventing chronic conditions to improve overall health, research is continuing to occur to find effective interventions to treat conditions such as [...]

Acid Blockers Could Damage Kidney Function, Study Finds

2019-01-25T22:58:19+00:00July 8th, 2016|Categories: Early Intervention, eNews, Medication|Tags: , |

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI), or medications used to treat gastric issues as heartburn and acid reflux, were prescribed to an estimated 15 million people in the United States in 2013. A recent study from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the Veteran’s Affairs Saint Louis Health Care System and Washington University in St. Louis suggests that long-term use of these drugs could lead to chronic kidney disease. To determine the effects of PPI’s on kidney function, researchers looked at more than 173,000 new users of PPIs over a period of five years. Overtime, it was found that PPI users had [...]

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