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AstraZeneca data at ASN Kidney Week reinforces urgent need for early screening of chronic kidney disease and benefits of earlier treatment for patients and healthcare systems

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REVEAL-CKD data show alarming prevalence of undiagnosed Stage 3 chronic kidney disease across France, Germany, Italy, Japan and US.
Findings from INSIDE-CKD demonstrate that Farxiga could cut 33 percent of healthcare costs by delaying disease progression and reducing incidence of cardiorenal events.

AstraZeneca, a leader in cardiorenal research, presented new data at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week 2022 in Orlando, Florida, US on the importance of earlier screening and diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and the impact of Farxiga on reducing healthcare costs1,2. These findings were also simultaneously published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

CKD affects 850 million people worldwide with increasing prevalence3, yet the vast majority of patients go undiagnosed4. Data from the REVEAL-CKD multinational study found high rates of underdiagnosis, 61.6% to 95.5%, in the countries studied (US, Italy, Germany, Japan and France). Country-specific electronic medical records and insurance claims were analysed for patients with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) between ≥30 and <60 mL/min/1.73 m2, equal to CKD Stage 3, who lacked a diagnosis of CKD. This analysis further demonstrated that once a diagnosis was made, patients did receive timely CKD monitoring and management of their disease, leading to real-life patient benefits1.

The importance of receiving a CKD diagnosis can be seen in its impact on annual kidney function decline, i.e., the eGFR slope. The REVEAL-CKD trial evaluated eGFR decline before and after CKD diagnosis was recorded for 27,000 patients in the US TriNetX database. These patients had a median eGFR decline in the two-year period prior to CKD diagnosis of -4.12 (95% confidence interval [CI]: -4.23, -4.02) and in the two-year period after diagnosis of only -0.30 (95% CI: -0.44, -0.14)5.  

Dr Navdeep Tangri, Professor of Medicine at University of Manitoba Department of Internal Medicine, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada said: “The level of underdiagnosis of chronic kidney disease, even in countries with well-established and -financed healthcare systems, is alarming. These data from REVEAL-CKD reinforce the need to proactively screen and diagnose early-stage kidney disease so that patients can receive guideline-directed monitoring and treatment. This can prevent or delay progression to kidney failure and other serious comorbidities.”

In addition to the patient need, there are significant healthcare costs associated with CKD, especially as it progresses to kidney failure and cardiorenal events. INSIDE-CKD estimated the direct medical care cost-offsets of a reduced incidence of clinical events, showing that Farxiga significantly reduces healthcare resource utilisation by delaying CKD progression and reducing incidence of cardiorenal events. Across 23 countries and 100,000 patients, there was a 33% cost reduction when patients were treated with Farxiga in addition to standard of care, compared to standard of care alone, resulting in savings of $205M USD over a 3-year period2.

Another analysis of DAPA-CKD data presented at ASN furthermore found that Farxiga treatment reduced the rate of all-cause hospital admissions among patients with CKD, with or without type 2 diabetes (T2D)6. These findings demonstrate implications not only for patient quality of life, but also on the overall healthcare burden and expenditure attributed to CKD care.

Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President, BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca, said: “Chronic kidney disease is a silent, progressive killer that remains underdiagnosed. These data presented at ASN Kidney Week 2022 not only provide a comprehensive view of the costs associated with chronic kidney disease and the toll it takes on patient lives, but also how Farxiga can cut this significant burden with reduced rates of all-cause hospital admissions and healthcare resource utilisation. If clinical treatment guidelines were fully implemented, highlighting the need for preventive treatment strategies, patients’ risk of adverse kidney, mortality and cardiovascular outcomes can be ameliorated.”    

In addition to presenting data at ASN Kidney Week 2022 on the urgent need for earlier diagnosis and screening, AstraZeneca supported the International Society of Nephrology in creating this quick one-minute quiz to offer insight into whether a patient may be at risk for CKD and to provide them with more information on the risk factors to be aware of to help start the conversation with their doctor.

CKD
CKD is a serious, progressive condition defined by decreased kidney function (shown by reduced eGFR or markers of kidney damage, or both, for at least three months)4. The most common causes of CKD are diabetes, hypertension and glomerulonephritis7. CKD is associated with significant patient morbidity and an increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) events, such as heart failure (HF) and premature death8. In its most severe form, known as kidney failure, kidney damage and deterioration of kidney function have progressed to the point where dialysis or kidney transplantation are required8. The majority of patients with CKD will die from CV causes before reaching kidney failure9

DAPA-CKD
DAPA-CKD was an international, multi-centre, randomised, double-blinded Phase III trial in 4,304 patients designed to evaluate the efficacy of Farxiga 10mg, compared with placebo, in patients with CKD Stage 2-4 and elevated urinary albumin excretion, with and without T2D. Farxiga was given once daily in addition to standard of care. The primary composite endpoint was worsening of renal function or risk of death (defined as a composite of an eGFR decline ≥50%, onset of kidney failure or death from CV or renal cause). The secondary endpoints included the time to first occurrence of the renal composite (sustained ≥50% eGFR decline, kidney or renal death), the composite of CV death or hospitalisation for HF (hHF), and death from any cause. The trial was conducted in 21 countries.Detailed results from the trial were published in The New England Journal of Medicine10.

Farxiga
Farxiga (dapagliflozin) is a first-in-class, oral, once-daily SGLT2 inhibitor. Research has shown Farxiga’s efficacy in preventing and delaying cardiorenal disease, while also protecting the organs – important findings given the underlying links between the heart, kidneys and pancreas10-12. Damage to one of these organs can cause the other organs to fail, contributing to leading causes of death worldwide, including T2D, HF and chronic kidney disease (CKD)4,13-15.

Farxiga is approved for adults and children aged 10 years and above for the treatment of insufficiently controlled T2D mellitus as an adjunct to diet and exercise. Farxiga is also approved for the treatment of HFrEF and the treatment of CKD based on the findings of the DAPA-HF and DAPA-CKD Phase III trials.

DapaCare is a robust programme of clinical trials to evaluate the potential CV, renal and organ protection benefits of Farxiga. It includes more than 35 completed and ongoing Phase IIb/III trials in more than 35,000 patients, as well as more than 2.5 million patient-years’ experience. Farxiga is currently being tested in patients without T2D following an acute myocardial infarction or heart attack in the DAPA-MI Phase III trial – a first of its kind, indication-seeking registry-based randomised controlled trial.

AstraZeneca in CVRM
Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism (CVRM), part of BioPharmaceuticals, forms one of AstraZeneca’s main disease areas and is a key growth driver for the Company. By following the science to understand more clearly the underlying links between the heart, kidneys and pancreas, AstraZeneca is investing in a portfolio of medicines for organ protection and improving outcomes by slowing disease progression, reducing risks and tackling co-morbidities. The Company’s ambition is to modify or halt the natural course of CVRM diseases and potentially regenerate organs and restore function, by continuing to deliver transformative science that improves treatment practices and CV health for millions of patients worldwide.

AstraZeneca
AstraZeneca (LSE/STO/Nasdaq: AZN) is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialisation of prescription medicines in Oncology, Rare Diseases, and BioPharmaceuticals, including Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolism, and Respiratory & Immunology. Based in Cambridge, UK, AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. Please visit astrazeneca.com and follow the Company on Twitter @AstraZeneca.

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References

  1. Tangri N, et al. REVEAL-CKD: Management and Monitoring of Patients with CKD Stage 3 in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the USA. Presented at: American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week 2022, 3-6 November 2022, Orlando, Florida, USA.
  2. McEwan, et al. Translating the Findings of DAPA-CKD to Reductions in Healthcare Resource Utilization from a Global Perspective. Presented at: American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week 2022, 3-6 November 2022, Orlando, Florida, USA.
  3. Jager KJ, et al. A single number for advocacy and communication-worldwide more than 850 million individuals have kidney diseases. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2019;34(11):1803-1805.
  4. Bikbov B, et al. Global, regional, and national burden of chronic kidney disease, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. Lancet. 2020;395(10225):709-733.
  5. Tangri N, et al. REVEAL CKD: Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) Decline Before and After a CKD Diagnosis Among Patients with CKD Stage 3. Presented at: American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week 2022, 3-6 November 2022, Orlando, Florida, USA.
  6. Schechter M, et al. Dapagliflozin effect on hospital admissions in patients with chronic kidney disease: A post hoc analysis of the DAPA-CKD trial. Presented at: American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week 2022, 3-6 November 2022, Orlando, Florida, USA.
  7. National Kidney Foundation [Internet]. Kidney Disease: Causes; 2015 [cited 2022 Nov 05]. Available from: https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/kidneydiscauses.
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  11. McMurray JJV, et al. Dapagliflozin in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction. N Engl J Med 2019; 381(21):1995–2008.
  12. Wiviott SD, et al. for the DECLARE-TIMI 58 Investigators. Dapagliflozin and cardiovascular outcomes in type-2 diabetes [article and supplementary appendix]. N Engl J Med 2019; 380(4):347–57.
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  15. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [Internet]. A snapshot: Diabetes in the United States, 2020; [cited 2022 Oct 11]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/library/socialmedia/infographics/diabetes.html.
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Nordea Bank Abp: Återköp av egna aktier den 09.12.2022

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09.12.2022 kl. 22.30 EET

Nordea Bank Abp (LEI-kod: 529900ODI3047E2LIV03) har den 09.12.2022 slutfört återköp av egna aktier (ISIN-kod: FI4000297767) enligt följande:

Handelsplats (MIC-kod)

Antal aktier

Viktad snittkurs/aktie, euro*, **

Kostnad, euro*, **

XHEL

349 563

 9,92

3 466 860,97

CEUX

290 089

 9,93

2 880 588,25

TQEX

34 660

 9,95

 344 701,54

XSTO

290 262

 9,94

2 886 283,74

XCSE

35 411

 9,92

 351 188,09

Summa

 999 985

 9,93

9 929 622,58

* Växelkurser som använts: SEK till EUR 10,8811 och DKK till EUR 7,4375
** Avrundat till två decimaler

Den 18 juli 2022 tillkännagav Nordea ett program för återköp av egna aktier till ett värde av högst 1,5 md euro med stöd av det bemyndigande som gavs av Nordeas ordinarie bolagsstämma 2022. Återköpet av egna aktier utförs genom offentlig handel i enlighet med Europaparlamentets och rådets förordning (EU) nr 596/2014 av den 16 april 2014 (marknadsmissbruksförordningen) och Kommissionens delegerade förordning (EU) 2016/1052.

Efter de redovisade transaktionerna innehar Nordea 16 827 537 egna aktier för kapitaloptimeringsändamål och 6 073 651 egna aktier för ersättningsändamål.

Uppgifter om respektive transaktion finns som en bilaga till detta meddelande.

För Nordea Bank Abp:s räkning,
Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG

För ytterligare information:

Matti Ahokas, chef för investerarrelationer, +358 9 5300 8011
Group Communication, +358 10 416 8023 eller [email protected]

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KOMMUNIKÉ FRÅN THINC JETTY COLLECTIVES EXTRA BOLAGSSTÄMMA 2022

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Thinc Jetty Collective AB (publ) har idag hållit extra bolagsstämma. Stämman beslutade i enlighet med de förslag som styrelsen lagt fram.

Stämman beslutade om:

  • godkännande av förvärv av aktier i Tigerton AB och förvärv av aktier i Kunskapskraft & Media AB.
  • om incitamentsprogram till ledande nyckelpersoner och anställda genom emission  av 10 000 000 teckningsoptioner enligt styrelsens förslag där lösenkursen fastställdes till 0,45 SEK per aktie.
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Den extra bolagsstämman ägde rum genom poströstning.

För ytterligare information, vänligen kontakta:
Anders Wallqvist, VD Thinc Jetty Collective AB
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Thinc Jetty Collective är verksamma inom kommunikationsbranschen och koncernen erbjuder en grupp av bolag inom system, kommunikation och struktur. Bolagen tänker ut och genomför idéer till sina kunder. Gruppens kompetensområden sträcker sig från data, analys, teknikutveckling och SaaS system till kommunikation, media, PR och brand experience. Koncernen riktar sig till kunder oavsett bransch med behov av sammanhållen kommunikation. Thinc Jetty Collective är verksamma inom Norden.

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Överenskommelse nådd i EU för Karlsbro (L)s batterilagstiftning

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Europaparlamentet, Kommissionen och Rådet har just enats om förslaget om en europeisk batteriförordning. Liberalernas Europaparlamentariker Karin Karlsbro som varit den liberala gruppens förhandlare är nöjd över resultatet av trialogförhandlingen som innebär en mer ambitiös lagstiftning än Kommissionens grundförslag. 

“Utan batterier och elektrifiering klarar vi inte våra ambitiösa klimatmål. Den nya lagen ställer höga krav både när det gäller batteriets klimat- och miljöpåverkan och ger konsumenten större möjlighet att enkelt göra egna klimatval. Jag är glad att både Rådet och Kommissionen gått parlamentet till mötes för se till att göra förslaget skarpare” säger Karlsbro.

Med batterier kan allt från små hushållsapparater till stora transportmedel och enorma industrier bryta sitt beroende av fossila bränslen. När efterfrågan på batterier ökar då vi ställer om från fossildrivna fordon och produktionsprocesser till el kommer batteriernas klimatpåverkan spela en allt större roll. Batteriförordningen är ett helt nytt sätt att lagstifta på miljöområdet som kommer att följa batteriet i alla faser – produktion, konsumtion och återvinning. 

“En cirkulär marknad skapas genom krav på att nya batterier måste innehålla en viss andel återvunnet material. För att garantera att vi inte producerar batterier i Europa på bekostnad av miljö och välstånd i andra länder kommer batterier på den europeiska marknaden att omfattas av så kallade “due diligence”- regler för att säkerställa skydd av mänskliga rättigheter och miljö genom hela produktionskedjan” säger Karin Karlsbro.

Karlsbro framhåller lagstiftningen som särskilt viktig för Sverige, som ligger i framkant av den växande industrin för hållbara batterier.  

“Hållbara batterier från EU behövs för energiomställningen och är ett sätt för oss att klippa beroendet av råvaror från odemokratiska fossilnationer. Sveriges batteriproduktion ger oss möjligheten att minska både den globala uppvärmningen och diktaturers maktposition i den globala ekonomin. Vi är, med EU:s hjälp, på god väg att bli Europas batteri-stormakt” avslutar Karlsbro.

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