Study Shows Investigational Solution Reduces Catheter-Related Infections

 Investigators present findings at the National Kidney Foundation’s 2019 Spring Clinical Meetings
New York, NY – May 10, 2019 - Results of the LOCK-IT-100 study presented this week at the National Kidney Foundation’s 2019 Spring Clinical Meetings in Boston provide evidence of safety and efficacy for an investigational catheter lock solution that is designed to reduce life-threatening catheter-related bloodstream in patients on dialysis.
Catheter-related infections in hemodialysis remain a significant healthcare issue despite improvements in hand hygiene and catheter care, according to the investigators. Central venous catheters in hemodialysis account for 69 percent of access-related bloodstream infections in hemodialysis although those comprise only 19 percent of prevalent vascular accesses.
“As a practicing nephrologist, I see hemodialysis patients in the clinic every day who are at risk for central venous catheter infections and its complications which can sometimes be fatal,” said investigator Dr. Anil Agarwal of The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus.
The study titled “A Phase III, Prospective, Multicenter, Double-Blind, Randomized, Active Control Study to Demonstrate the Safety and effectiveness of Neutrolin in Preventing Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections in Subjects Receiving Hemodialysis Therapy as Treatment for End Stage Renal Desease” was presented during the NKF annual conference that draws thousands of kidney health professionals. The solution is used in the catheter to reduce the case of infection.
“The LOCK-IT-100 study impressed me that if Neutrolinâ, the investigational catheter-lock solution, is approved, I will have a new agent with a good safety profile that can help cut the risk of catheter-related bloodstream infections in my patients,” Dr. Agarwal said.
Neutrolinâ, is being developed by CorMedix Inc. The company is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to obtain approval for commercial distribution in the US, according to Dr. Agarwal.
In Boston, thousands of professionals in nephrology gathered to share the latest information, treatment and studies of CKD. Teams presented hundreds of studies during the “poster presentations.”
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