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New vitamin D drug set to hit market in near future

Posted on: September 10, 2013   by  John Cannell, MD

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Readers need to be aware of a new vitamin D drug, Rayaldy, currently in phase III trials, which will possibly hit the market in a few years. In its current phase III trials, it is seeking an indication for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in vitamin D deficient chronic renal failure patients.

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5 Responses to New vitamin D drug set to hit market in near future

  1. Ian

    This does sound promising indeed. I have found many General Practitioners to be averse to “complementary medicines” whatever they are and whatever the evidence for their efficacy.

    I hope it does not lead to any further restrictions on the availability OTC of vitamin D3. Call me paranoid!

  2. Rita and Misty

    Hi Ian,

    At least here in the US, I don’t think Rayaldy will lead to any problems regarding OTC D3.

    For example, we have prescription-strength Ibuprofen OTC Ibuprofen….

    I would save being “paranoid” for other life events.

    πŸ˜‰

    Be well,
    Rita

  3. allometric24

    If you live in one of the many countries like I do, which limits permitted daily D3 to 1000 IU : there is a simple alternative to developing multi-pill indigestion. Buy liquid drops where each drop delivers 1000 IU.
    Sadly as I age my hand seems to tremble and before I know it I have dispensed at least seven drops into the spoon!! I have inadvertently given myself a prescription medication.

  4. Ron Carmichael

    @allometric24: Sorry to hear about the palsy πŸ˜‰ , but perhaps the D will someday (but not too soon!) help with that!

  5. josukuopio@btinternet.com

    So we shall begin to walk the talk of remedying vitamin D deficiency if this drug becomes available. The beauty of medical ethics will be restored. It is not only in the US that physicians tell patients to go and buy Vitamin D from the pharmacy. Also in the UK it is a common practice. Doctor patient relationship must be maintained. It is bonding. The doctor wants to write the prescription and the patient wants to take the prescription. So double wants.

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