UPDATE 1-Amgen parathyroid drug found effective in kidney patient trial

July 17, 2014 10:08 PM

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July 17 (Reuters) - An experimental drug proved effective in a late-stage study in reducing excess levels of a hormone associated with a serious condition often seen in patients with chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis, Amgen Inc said on Thursday.

More than 75 percent of patients who received the drug, AMG 416, had a drop in their parathyroid hormone levels of more than 30 percent, compared with 9.6 percent who experienced a similar reduction among those who got a placebo.

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