What is sHPT?
When your kidneys fail, your parathyroid glands can make too much parathyroid hormone (PTH)2,3
Too much PTH can make your phosphorus and calcium levels go up4-6
What’s the goal?
Your dialysis care team may have goal ranges for your PTH, phosphorus, and calcium levels.
Parsabiv™ is part of their plan to get and keep your levels in range.
P = phosphorus; Ca = calcium.
Why did my doctor prescribe Parsabiv™?
It’s a treatment for secondary HPT in adult patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on hemodialysis1
Parsabiv™ (etelcalcetide) acts on your parathyroid glands and causes them to release less PTH1
When PTH goes down, your bones release less phosphorus and calcium.
One treatment that can help lower the 3 key levels1
Your doctor may also prescribe other medicines to treat your secondary HPT
- Phosphate binders* help you absorb less phosphorus from the food you eat4
- Certain types of vitamin D* may help lower your PTH. This medicine is usually given to you through the dialysis machine, or you may take it as a pill3,7
Phosphate binders and vitamin D are available by prescription.
HPT = hyperparathyroidism.
How will Parsabiv™
be given to me?
Parsabiv™ is given at the end of your hemodialysis session, three times a week, through the tube (bloodline) that connects you to the machine1
IV delivery means your nurse or other healthcare provider will administer it for you
Keep in mind: You shouldn’t be started on Parsabiv™ if you have low calcium levels. (You can ask your doctor about normal ranges for calcium.)1
Pill shown is not actual size
What are possible
You may experience side effects while taking Parsabiv™(etelcalcetide)1
Some patients reported potential symptoms of a condition called hypocalcemia (low calcium levels), including spasms, twitches, or cramps in your muscles; numbness or tingling in your fingers, toes, or around your mouth; or seizures.
During studies of Parsabiv™, some patients reported other various side effects like diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
What if I feel
Talk to your heathcare provider right away
After talking to your healthcare provider, you can report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call
FDA = Food and Drug Administration.
What if my dialysis care team is switching me from Sensipar® (cinacalcet) to Parsabiv™?
Stop taking Sensipar® for at least 7 days before you start Parsabiv™(etelcalcetide)
You need to stop taking Sensipar® pills at least 7 days before you can start Parsabiv™. You cannot be on both drugs at the same time.1
Keep in mind: You shouldn’t be started on Parsabiv™ if you have low calcium levels. (You can ask your doctor about normal ranges for calcium.)
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Does my insurance
Parsabiv™ is covered by most insurance plans
What about out-of-pocket costs?
You may have out-of-pocket costs for Parsabiv™, like a co-pay or co-insurance. Depending on your circumstances, there may be programs that can help if you are having difficulty affording your medications.
For more information about coverage of Parsabiv™, talk to your social worker—or contact Amgen Assist® at 1-800-272-9376