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    Let's get as many dialysis patients as possible off in-center dialysis and onto one r another modality of home dialysis. Sensipar is prescribed fairly routinely to in-center hemodialysis patients and much, much less often to home dialysis patients, whether they're on short daily hemo, nocturnal hemo, or peritoneal dialysis. I spent over 3 years on dialysis, every bit of it on frequent dialysis and almost entirely on home dialysis (though there was a period of a short few months where I combined in-center hemodialysis 3 days a week with PD at home the other 4 nights a week). I saw a lot of people in-center get Sensipar. I never did; it may be that the much more frequent dialysis I was doing meant that I didn't need it.

    Home dialysis patients get much more dialysis, which leads to much better health outcomes, and which may well lead to less need for Sensipar. It seems like an all-around win to me, for the patients and for Medicare's costs; in fact, getting more people out of the units and back into their homes is a win for everybody except Amgen, which suits this former dialysis patient just fine.

    Organ donors save lives! A donor's kidney gave me my life back on 02/18/11; he lives on in me. Please talk with your family about your wish to donate.

    Why are war casualty counts "American troops" and "others" but never "human beings"?

    by Kitsap River on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:28:47 AM PST

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