Ferinject® granted upgraded recommendations in 2023 ESC heart failure guidelines


The 2023 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines for acute and chronic heart failure (HF) include upgraded recommendations for intravenous (IV) iron supplementation, including Ferinject® (ferric carboxymaltose), for the management of iron deficiency in patients with HF.

Phase IV HEART-FID study results and ferric carboxymaltose meta-analysis also presented at 2023 ESC Congress

ST. GALLEN, Switzerland, Aug. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- CSL Vifor is pleased to announce that the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) have upgraded recommendations in the ESC 2023 guidelines for the treatment of iron deficiency acute and chronic HF with IV iron supplementation, including Ferinject®.

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The guidelines include higher level of recommendations and address a broader patient group for the management of iron deficiency in HF patients with compromised heart function (HFrEF and HFmrEF).

  • Intravenous iron supplementation is recommended in symptomatic patients with HFrEF and HFmrEF, and iron deficiency, to alleviate HF symptoms and improve quality of life. (Class I, level A)
  • Intravenous iron supplementation with ferric carboxymaltose or ferric derisomaltose should be considered in symptomatic patients with HFrEF and HFmrEF, and iron deficiency, to reduce the risk of HF hospitalization, irrespective of hospitalisation history (Class IIa, level A).

"We are pleased that ESC's new heart failure guidelines have been updated to reflect the latest scientific evidence," said Fabio Dorigotti, Head of Global Medical Affairs at CSL Vifor. "Improving iron deficiency diagnosis followed by IV iron supplementation based on the updated guidelines means more patients may potentially benefit from IV iron treatment. We are particularly pleased with the updated recommendations for IV iron including Ferinject® in the new 2023 focused update of the 2021 treatment guidelines. This revision will enable cardiologists and physicians to better treat more of the symptomatic heart failure patients with iron deficiency."

In addition, findings from the phase IV HEART-FID trial (NCT03037931) of ferric carboxymaltose were presented at the ESC congress 2023 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and simultaneously published in the peer-reviewed medical journal New England Journal of Medicine.1 HEART-FID is the largest and longest duration trial to date evaluating IV iron in HF patients with reduced ejection fraction and iron deficiency.

The trial approached but did not meet the pre-specified statistical significance of p

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