Bayer Presented New Analyses Investigating KERENDIA® (finerenone) on Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease Associated With Type 2 Diabetes

WHIPPANY, N.J.–()–Bayer presented new analyses of data from the comprehensive Phase III finerenone clinical trial program, which analyzed KERENDIA® (finerenone) – the first nonsteroidal mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist (MRA)2,3 – versus placebo and in addition to standard of care on cardiovascular (CV) outcomes, including hospitalization for heart failure (HF), across a spectrum of chronic kidney disease (CKD) severity in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D).1,4 Data from the analyses of the Phase III FIGARO-DKD study1 and FIDELITY prespecified pooled analysis4 were presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2021, held November 13-15, 2021.

Based on the results of the FIDELIO-DKD trial, KERENDIA was approved in the United States on July 9, 2021, to reduce the risk of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) decline, end-stage kidney disease, CV death, nonfatal myocardial infarction and hospitalization for HF in adult patients with CKD associated with T2D.5

Presentations included:

The KERENDIA label contains a Warning and Precaution that KERENDIA can cause hyperkalemia.5 For more information, see “Important Safety Information” below.

Heart failure is a leading cause of hospitalization and accounts for approximately 7% of all cardiovascular deaths.6,7 More needs to be done to address the high cardiovascular risk in patients with chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes,8 which currently presents a major health concern and an added economic burden on patients and health care systems,”9 said Professor Gerasimos Filippatos, M.D., professor of Cardiology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, and coprincipal investigator of the FIDELIO-DKD and FIGARO-DKD Phase III clinical trials. “The results of the two trials and the FIDELITY analysis add to the growing body of knowledge supporting the role of finerenone for adult patients with chronic kidney disease associated with type 2 diabetes and underscores the importance of early screening of chronic kidney disease using both eGFR and UACR tests.”1,4,10

About Finerenone Phase III Clinical Trials Program

Having randomized more than 13,000 patients with CKD associated with T2D around the world, the Phase III program with finerenone in CKD associated with T2D comprises two studies, evaluating the effect of finerenone versus placebo on top of standard of care (SoC) on both renal and CV outcomes.11

The FIDELIO-DKD (FInerenone in reducing kiDnEy faiLure and dIsease prOgression in Diabetic Kidney Disease) study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study in adult patients with CKD associated with T2D, defined as either having an uACR of 30 to 300 mg/g, eGFR 25 to 60 mL/min/1.73 m2 and diabetic retinopathy, or as having an uACR of ≥300 mg/g and an eGFR of 25 to 75 mL/min/1.73 m2.2,5 The trial excluded patients with known significant nondiabetic kidney disease and a clinical diagnosis of chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and persistent symptoms (NYHA class II to IV).5 All patients were to have a serum potassium ≤4.8 mEq/L at screening and be receiving standard of care background therapy, including a maximum tolerated labeled dose of an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEi) or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB).5 A total of 5,674 patients were randomized to receive finerenone (N=2,833) or placebo (N=2,841) and were followed for a median of 2.6 years.5 The mean age of the study population was 66 years, and 70% of patients were male.5 The trial population was 63% white, 25% Asian, and 5% Black.5

Finerenone reduced the incidence of the primary composite endpoint of a sustained decline in eGFR of ≥40%, kidney failure, or renal death (HR 0.82 [95% CI, 0.73-0.93; P=0.001]).5 The treatment effect reflected a reduction in a sustained decline in eGFR of ≥40% and progression to kidney failure.5 There were few renal deaths during the trial.5

Finerenone also reduced the incidence of the composite endpoint of cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke or hospitalization for heart failure (HR 0.86 [95% CI, 0.75-0.99; P=0.034]).5 The treatment effect reflected a reduction in cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction and hospitalization for heart failure.5

The most frequently reported adverse reaction was hyperkalemia (18.3% KERENDIA vs. 9% placebo).5 Hospitalization due to hyperkalemia for the KERENDIA group was 1.4% versus 0.3% in the placebo group.5 Hyperkalemia led to permanent discontinuation of treatment in 2.3% of patients receiving KERENDIA versus 0.9% of patients receiving placebo.5

FIGARO-DKD (FInerenone in reducinG cArdiovascular moRtality and mOrbidity in Diabetic Kidney Disease), a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, randomly assigned 7,437 participants from 48 countries to finerenone 10 mg or 20 mg orally once daily or placebo when added to standard of care, including blood glucose-lowering therapies and a maximum tolerated labeled dose of ACEis or ARBs.12 Patients had UACR ≥30–<300 mg/g and eGFR ≥25–≤90 mL/min/1.73m2 or UACR ≥300–≤5000 mg/g and eGFR ≥60 mL/min/1.73m2.12

KERENDIA significantly reduced the risk of the composite primary endpoint of time to first occurrence of CV death or nonfatal CV events (myocardial infarction, stroke or heart failure hospitalization) by 13% (relative risk reduction, HR 0.87 [95% CI, 0.76-0.98; P=0.0264]) over a median duration of follow-up of 3.4 years when added to maximum tolerated labeled dose of ACEi or ARB in adults with CKD associated with T2D.12 The reduction in the CV composite outcome was primarily driven by hospitalization due to heart failure.12

The incidence of the secondary endpoint, a composite of time to kidney failure, a sustained decrease of eGFR ≥40% from baseline over a period of at least four weeks, or renal death, was lower with finerenone than with placebo, affecting 350 (9.5%) and 395 (10.8%) patients, respectively.12 However, the difference was not statistically significant (HR 0.87 [95% CI, 0.76-1.01; P=0.0689]) over a median duration of follow-up of 3.4 years.12

Overall, hyperkalemia-related adverse events occurred more often in patients receiving finerenone compared with placebo (10.8% and 5.3%, respectively).12 Hospitalization due to hyperkalemia for the finerenone group was 0.6% versus <0.1% in the placebo group, and there was no hyperkalemia-related death in either treatment group. Treatment was discontinued due to hyperkalemia in 1.2% of patients treated with finerenone compared to 0.4% in the placebo group.12

Bayer also recently announced the initiation of the FINEARTS-HF study, a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III study that will investigate finerenone compared to placebo in more than 5,500 symptomatic heart failure patients (NYHA class II-IV) with a left ventricular ejection fraction of ≥40%.13 The primary objective of the study is to demonstrate superiority of finerenone over placebo in reducing the rate of the composite endpoint of cardiovascular death and total (first and recurrent) heart failure events (defined as hospitalizations for heart failure or urgent heart failure visits).13

About KERENDIA (finerenone)


  • KERENDIA is indicated to reduce the risk of sustained eGFR decline, end-stage kidney disease, cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, and hospitalization for heart failure in adult patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D)5



  • Concomitant use with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors5
  • Patients with adrenal insufficiency5


  • Hyperkalemia: KERENDIA can cause hyperkalemia. The risk for developing hyperkalemia increases with decreasing kidney function and is greater in patients with higher baseline potassium levels or other risk factors for hyperkalemia. Measure serum potassium and eGFR in all patients before initiation of treatment with KERENDIA and dose accordingly. Do not initiate KERENDIA if serum potassium is >5.0 mEq/L5

    Measure serum potassium periodically during treatment with KERENDIA and adjust dose accordingly. More frequent monitoring may be necessary for patients at risk for hyperkalemia, including those on concomitant medications that impair potassium excretion or increase serum potassium5


  • Adverse reactions reported in ≥1% of patients on KERENDIA and more frequently than placebo: hyperkalemia (18.3% vs. 9%), hypotension (4.8% vs. 3.4%), and hyponatremia (1.4% vs. 0.7%)5


  • Strong CYP3A4 Inhibitors: Concomitant use of KERENDIA with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors is contraindicated. Avoid concomitant intake of grapefruit or grapefruit juice5
  • Moderate and Weak CYP3A4 Inhibitors: Monitor serum potassium during drug initiation or dosage adjustment of either KERENDIA or the moderate or weak CYP3A4 inhibitor and adjust KERENDIA dosage as appropriate5
  • Strong and Moderate CYP3A4 Inducers: Avoid concomitant use of KERENDIA with strong or moderate CYP3A4 inducers5


  • Lactation: Avoid breastfeeding during treatment with KERENDIA and for 1 day after treatment5
  • Hepatic Impairment: Avoid use of KERENDIA in patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child Pugh C) and consider additional serum potassium monitoring with moderate hepatic impairment (Child Pugh B)5

Please read the Prescribing Information for KERENDIA.

About Chronic Kidney Disease Associated With Type 2 Diabetes

Patients with CKD associated with T2D are three times more likely to die from a CV-related cause than those with T2D alone.14 CKD is a serious and progressive condition that is generally underrecognized.15 CKD is a frequent complication arising from T2D and is also an independent risk factor of CV disease.16-18 Approximately 40% of all patients with T2D develop CKD.18 Despite guideline-directed therapies, patients with CKD associated with T2D remain at high risk of CKD progression and CV events.10,19-21 T2D is the leading cause of end-stage kidney disease, which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive.9,20,21

About Bayer’s Commitment in Cardiovascular and Kidney Diseases

Bayer is an innovation leader in the area of cardiovascular diseases, with a long-standing commitment to delivering science for a better life by advancing a portfolio of innovative treatments. The heart and the kidneys are closely linked in health and disease, and Bayer is working in a wide range of therapeutic areas on new treatment approaches for cardiovascular and kidney diseases with high unmet medical needs. The cardiology franchise at Bayer already includes a number of products and several other compounds in various stages of preclinical and clinical development. Together, these products reflect the company’s approach to research, which prioritizes targets and pathways with the potential to impact the way that cardiovascular diseases are treated.

About Bayer

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to help people and the planet thrive by supporting efforts to master the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. Bayer is committed to drive sustainable development and generate a positive impact with its businesses. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. The Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2020, the Group employed around 100,000 people and had sales of 41.4 billion euros. R&D expenses before special items amounted to 4.9 billion euros. For more information, go to

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