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FDA Approves Vafseo Tablets to Treat Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

April 24, 2024


Newport News, Virginia – Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG), a network of over 240 physicians and advanced care providers in over 85 locations across the Tidewater area, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Akebia pharmaceutical’s Vafseo® (vadadustat) tablets, a drug used for the treatment of anemia from chronic kidney disease (CKD) in adults on dialysis. Beginning in February 2019, the TPMG Clinical Research Division in Newport News conducted clinical trials for this drug to test the efficacy of stimulating the body’s physiologic response to achieve and sustain target Hb levels.

“We are proud to have contributed to this important advance in the care of people with chronic kidney disease on dialysis,” said TPMG Clinical Research Director, Linda G.P. Schneider, MD.

Anemia is a common issue encountered by individuals undergoing dialysis for the treatment of CKD. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), more than 37 million Americans may be affected by CKD, and it is estimated that one in seven kidney disease patients also suffer from anemia.

The majority of currently approved treatments for CKD-related anemia must be administered as an injection at dialysis centers. Vafseo® (vadadustat) tablets are an oral therapy that is easier and more accessible for CKD patients undergoing home dialysis.

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Founded in 1992, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) includes more than 220 primary care, specialty physicians, and advanced practice clinicians in more than 85 locations throughout southeastern Virginia. TPMG’s mission is to deliver exceptional medical care to every patient, to improve the health outcomes of our communities, and to provide a premier work experience for our employees and physicians. The TPMG medical team includes expert physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, diagnostic staff, and non-clinical staff all working together to provide consistent, compassionate, high-quality medical care. Learn more at  

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