Media Release Australia Embargoed 2 June 2014

Media Release
Embargoed 2 June 2014
Faster, more affordable treatment for Iron Deficiency Anaemia now available in
Patients and healthcare professionals will benefit from greater access to an innovative
intravenous (i.v.) iron preparation that is 24 times faster to administer than traditional methods,
with the listing of Ferinject (ferric carboxymaltose) on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
Vifor Pharma Pty Ltd and Aspen Pharmacare Pty Ltd announced today that Ferinject , a new form of
i.v. iron with distinctive administration advantages over current parenteral irons – transfusion time is
reduced from six hours to just 15 minutes – is now listed on the PBS, making it more affordable.
Ferinject injection is used for the treatment of iron deficiency anaemia across a wide range of
conditions where oral iron tablets are not tolerated, ineffective or cannot be used.
Iron deficiency is a common condition in Australia affecting close to 1 in 6 women and many men. It is
associated with conditions including anaemia, heart failure, cancer, pregnancy, digestive problems,
kidney disease and women with heavy menstrual bleeding.
The major clinical advantages of Ferinject over the current standard of care are the more rapid
administration time and a reduction in treatment related adverse events, leading to improved patient
quality of life, reduced administration costs and increased hospital system capacity.
Concord Hospital Cardiologist Professor Andrew Sindone said the new treatment means patients can
be treated by their general practitioner or practice nurse instead of spending all day in hospital,
allowing them to get on with their daily routine and no longer needing to take a whole day off work or
“Having access to this simple, safe and effective treatment, now subsidised, and spending
considerably less time receiving treatment, will make a big difference to the patient’s quality of life,”
Professor Sindone said.
“All patients with iron deficiency who require intravenous iron infusion could benefit and the PBS listing
makes this available to many more patients.
“The treatment will also provide relief for patients who are unable to tolerate oral iron tablets due to the
common side effects of nausea and bloating – which often lead patients to completely giving up the
Professor Sindone added that over 300,000 Australians are living with heart failure, many with low iron
levels who feel tired and weak will have the opportunity to receive a treatment which may improve
their overall feeling of well-being and assist in their heart function.
WHO statistics; World Health Organization. United Nations Children’s Fund. United Nations University. Iron deficiency
anaemia: assessment, prevention, and control. A guide for programme managers. Geneva: WHO, 2001. http://
Vifor Pharma Ltd.
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Vifor Pharma, a company of the Galenica Group
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Ferinject® reimbursed for Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Australia
The i.v. treatment will also allow clinicians to treat patients very effectively prior to surgery or before
giving birth, leading to improved patient outcomes, a reduction in blood transfusions and ultimately
cost savings for the stretched health budget.
For additional information on iron deficiency see
For further information, please contact:
Clair Cameron
Tel: 02 8298 6100; 0409 240 137
Email: [email protected]
Media Relations – Vifor Pharma (Switzerland):
Beatrix Benz, Head of Global Communications
Tel.: +41 58 851 80 16
Email: [email protected]
Ferinject is an innovative non-dextran intravenous (i.v.) iron replacement therapy discovered and developed by
Vifor Pharma, a company of the Galenica Group. Ferric carboxymaltose is the active pharmaceutical ingredient of
Ferinject . To date, Ferinject has gained marketing authorisation in 61 countries worldwide for the treatment of
iron deficiency where oral iron is ineffective or cannot be used. In many countries, intravenous iron replacement
products are primarily used to treat dialysis patients. However, iron deficiency is also a complication of many
other diseases. Vifor Pharma is evaluating new opportunities in the treatment of iron deficiency with Ferinject in
different therapeutic areas. Further clinical trials with Ferinject in chronic kidney disease (CKD), oncology
(anaemia in cancer patients), cardiology (chronic heart failure), patient blood management and women’s health
are ongoing.
Vifor Pharma, a company of the Galenica Group, is a world leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing
and marketing of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of iron deficiency. The company also offers a
diversified portfolio of prescription medicines as well as over-the-counter (OTC) products. Vifor Pharma,
headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, has an increasingly global presence and a broad network of affiliates and
partners around the world.For more information about Vifor Pharma and its parent company Galenica, please visit and
Aspen Australia* is a pharmaceutical company that commenced operations in Australia and New Zealand in
May 2001. It is a dynamic company with a diverse product range including branded and generic pharmaceuticals,
healthcare, nutritional and specialty pharmaceutical products. Aspen products cover a broad range of therapeutic
areas including endocrinology, cardiology and oncology. Today, 19% of scripts written in Australia are for a brand
marketed by Aspen making it the number one prescription company in Australia as measured by scripts
*Aspen Australia comprises Aspen Asia Pacific Pty Ltd (ABN 75 146 444 484) and its subsidiaries, including Aspen Pharmacare
Australia Pty Ltd (ABN 51 096 236 985), Aspen Pharma Pty Ltd (ABN 88 004 118 594), Aspen Nutritionals Australia Pty Limited
(ACN160607509),Orphan Holdings Pty Ltd (ABN50 115 816 209), Orphan Australia Pty Ltd (ABN 11 067 189 342), and Arrow
Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd (ABN 17 003 144 170).
Reference 1: IMS’ AMI MAT Dec 2013