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AstraZeneca: wins Japan approval for hyperkalaemia drug

( - AstraZeneca's Lokelma has been approved in Japan for the treatment of patients with high levels of potassium in the blood, the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals group said on Thursday.

The approval comes as over 300,000 patients in Japan currently suffer from hyperkalaemia, usually as a result of chronic kidney disease.

Hyperkalaemia is considered as a life threatening condition because it can cause severe side effects, such as cardiac arrest.

Lokelma is a non-resin potassium binder, when traditional resin-based binders are often associated with poor tolerability.

Lokelma is now approved for the treatment of hyperkalaemia in the US, EU, Canada, China, and Japan, AstraZeneca said.

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