Shades of Grey: Key Questions in the Future of Treatment for CKD-Related Anemia

ASN Renal Week 2008 Official Symposium
Robert D. Toto, MD

A Multidisciplinary Approach to CKD: Who Needs to be Involved and What Roles Should They Play?
Rebecca J. Schmidt, DO, FASN

Introduction: Pivotal Clinical Trials
Robert D. Toto, MD

Pivotal Clinical Trials: How to Interpret the Data?
Robert D. Toto, MD

NKF-KDOQI and the FDA: What do Your Patients Want and Need to Know?
Keith C. Norris, MD, FASN

Audience Questions and Discussion
(Drs. Schmidt and Norris)

Robert D. Toto, MD (Moderator and Speaker)
Director of Patient-Oriented Research in Nephrology,
Mary M Conroy Professor of Kidney Diseases,
Department of Medicine,
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dallas,
Dallas, Texas

Rebecca J. Schmidt, DO, FACP, FASN
West Virginia University School of Medicine,
Mortantown, WV

Keith C. Norris, MD, FASN
Professor of Medicine,
Vice President for Research,
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science,
Los Angeles, California
This group of talks is accredited for up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. This group of talks has a single post-test, which must be completed along with an evaluation form to obtain credit. The links to the post-test appear on the individual talk pages.
Date of Web Release: January 14, 2009
CME Credit Eligible Through: April 30, 2010
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™: 1.5
Target Audiences: Physicians, researchers and trainees.
Method of participation: Listen to the talk, read the PubMed abstracts linked to data slides and talk references, take the post-test, read the abstracts linked to post-test answer feedback material.

While studies have shown specific subsets of patients with CKD-related anemia are appropriate candidates to receive erythropoietin stimulating agents (ESAs), evolving practice guidelines, adjustments to federal warning labels, and reimbursement hurdles have all lined up to confuse and confound the growing number of healthcare providers being asked to treat patients with CKD-related anemia. The purpose of this symposium is to review the evidence and address the issues regarding the treatment of anemia in CKD patients. The first talk will examine the approach to treatment of CKD complications including anemia and provide the rationale for a multidisciplinary approach. The second talk will review and interpret the clinical trial data related to CKD-anemia. The final talk will review guidelines and regulations focusing on information the patient needs to know.


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This ASN Official Symposium was supported by an education grant from Amgen, Inc.

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