Cost-effectiveness of phosphate binders among patients with chronic kidney disease not yet on dialysis: a long way to go

Rana Rizk*

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Hyperphosphatemia management is integral to the management of patients with chronic kidney disease. This mineral abnormality is associated with greater costs, but so is its management, especially with the use novel phosphate binders. The economic evaluation of these pharmaceutical agents is increasingly needed to provide evidence for value of money spent and inform resource allocation. Recently, Nguyen et al. explored the economical attractiveness of Sevelamer relative to Calcium Carbonate among patients with chronic kidney disease not yet on dialysis and concluded that the former was cost-effective. The current commentary discusses the results of this analysis and sheds light on the methodological challenges of economic evaluations in this field.
Original languageEnglish
Article number75
JournalBmc Nephrology
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2016


  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Phosphate binders
  • Hyperphosphatemia
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis

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