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Natpara Approved for Hormone Disorder Causing Low Blood Calcium

Posted 26 Jan 2015 by

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 – Natpara (parathyroid hormone) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to control low blood calcium among people with hypoparathyroidism. Hypoparathyroidism is a rare disease that occurs when the body doesn't secrete enough parathyroid hormone, which regulates blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Hypoparathyroidism is typically caused by malfunctioning or surgically removed parathyroid glands. The condition affects about 60,000 people in the United States, the FDA said in a news release. Symptoms commonly include numbness, tingling, muscle twitching, cramps, abnormal heart rhythm and seizures. Longer-term complications may include kidney damage, kidney stones and cataracts. Natpara, a once-daily injection, was evaluated in a clinical study of 124 people. Forty-two percent of those treated with Natpara achieved normal blood calcium levels, ... Read more

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FDA Approves Natpara (parathyroid hormone) for Hypocalcemia in Patients with Hypoparathyroidism

Posted 23 Jan 2015 by

January 23, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Natpara (parathyroid horomone) to control hypocalcemia (low blood calcium levels) in patients with hypoparathyroidism, a rare disease that affects approximately 60,000 people in the United States. Hypoparathyroidism occurs when the body secretes abnormally low levels of parathyroid hormone, which helps regulate calcium and phosphorus levels in the body. Hypoparathyroidism is caused by loss of function of the parathyroid glands and occurs most commonly as a result of surgical removal of the parathyroid glands and more rarely as a result of autoimmune or congenital diseases. Patients with hypoparathyroidism can experience numbness, tingling, muscle twitching, spasms or cramps, abnormal heart rhythm, and seizures as a consequence of low blood calcium levels. Hypoparathyroidism is also associated with long-term ... Read more

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