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What is Renassist®

Renassist is the Sanofi Renal reimbursement group dedicated to providing assistance and support for patients prescribed our medications.

What support can Renassist provide?

  • Renvela® prescription drug benefit verification
  • Prior authorization facilitation, if needed
  • Patient assistance programs information
  • Medicare Part D and reimbursement education

More than 75,000 patients have received Renvela®, Renagel® (sevelamer hydrochloride), and Hectorol® (doxercalciferol) injection at no cost through the Renassist Patient Assistance Program.

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Indication

Renvela® (sevelamer carbonate) and Renagel® (sevelamer hydrochloride) are indicated for the control of serum phosphorus in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on dialysis.

Important Safety Information

Sevelamer is contraindicated in patients with bowel obstruction and in patients with known hypersensitivity to sevelamer carbonate or sevelamer hydrochloride or to any of the excipients.

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Please see full Prescribing Information for Renvela® or full Prescribing Information for Renagel®

Indication

Renvela® (sevelamer carbonate) and Renagel® (sevelamer hydrochloride) are indicated for the control of serum phosphorus in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on dialysis.

Important Safety Information

  • Sevelamer is contraindicated in patients with bowel obstruction and in patients with known hypersensitivity to sevelamer carbonate or sevelamer hydrochloride or to any of the excipients.
  • Caution should be exercised in patients with dysphagia, swallowing disorders, and severe gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorders, including severe constipation or major GI tract surgery.
  • Common adverse events reported with sevelamer include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, dyspepsia, abdominal pain, flatulence, and constipation. Other events reported include pruritus, rash, fecal impaction and, less commonly, ileus, bowel obstruction, and bowel perforation.
  • Uncommon cases of difficulty swallowing the Renagel or Renvela tablet have been reported. Caution should be exercised in these patients and consideration given to using Renvela suspension in patients with a history of difficulty swallowing.
  • Drug-drug interactions may occur with some medications and should be taken into consideration when instructing patients how to take sevelamer.
  • Serum bicarbonate and chloride levels should be monitored.
  • Follow patients for reduced vitamins D, E, and K (coagulation parameters) and folic acid levels.
  • Patients should be informed to take sevelamer with meals and to adhere to their prescribed diets.

Please see full Prescribing Information for Renvela® or full Prescribing Information for Renagel®.
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Indication

Hectorol (doxercalciferol) Injection is indicated for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis.

Important Safety Information

  • Hectorol is contraindicated in patients with a tendency towards hypercalcemia, or evidence of vitamin D toxicity.
  • Overdosage of any form of vitamin D is dangerous and may lead to progressive hypercalcemia, which if severe, may require emergency attention.
  • Acute hypercalcemia may exacerbate tendencies for cardiac arrhythmias and seizures and may potentiate the action of digitalis drugs.
  • Chronic hypercalcemia can lead to generalized vascular and other soft tissue calcification.
  • Pharmacologic doses of vitamin D and its derivatives should be withheld during Hectorol treatment to avoid possible additive effects and hypercalcemia.
  • The patient should be informed about adherence to instructions about diet, calcium supplementation, and avoidance of the use of nonprescription drugs without prior physician approval. Patients should also be carefully informed about the symptoms of hypercalcemia such as weakness, headache, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, constipation, muscle pain, bone pain, metallic taste and loss of appetite.
  • Uncontrolled serum phosphorus in patients undergoing dialysis may lessen the effectiveness of Hectorol.
  • Magnesium-containing antacids and Hectorol should not be administered concomitantly.
  • Enzyme inducers may affect the 25-hydroxylation of Hectorol and may necessitate dosage adjustments. Cytochrome P450 inhibitors may inhibit the 25-hydroxylation of Hectorol. Formation of the active Hectorol moiety may be hindered.
  • Adverse effects of Hectorol injection treatment are: hypercalcemia, hyperphosphatemia, and oversuppression of iPTH. These should be managed by regular patient monitoring and appropriate dosage adjustments.
  • Serum levels of iPTH, calcium and phosphorus should be determined prior to initiation of Hectorol treatment. During the early phase of treatment they should be determined weekly.
  • Adverse events reported by ≥5% of the Hectorol-treated dialysis patients included: edema, headache, malaise, nausea/vomiting, dizziness, dyspnea, pruritus and bradycardia.
  • This drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
  • Nursing mothers should discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.
  • This drug should be used with caution in patients with impaired hepatic function.

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Important Safety Information

Sevelamer is contraindicated in patients with bowel obstruction and in patients with known hypersensitivity to sevelamer carbonate or sevelamer hydrochloride or to any of the excipients. Click here to read more.