Vifor Pharma supports iron deficiency day 2021: Call for early diagnosis of iron deficiency

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  • Iron Deficiency Day unites a strong international coalition dedicated to raising international awareness of the serious health effects of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia1
  • Patient access to diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency directly affected by covid-19 pandemic
  • This year, the focus is on raising awareness of symptoms and the importance of early diagnosis

For the seventh year in a row, Iron Fifth Day, Vifor Pharma supports a growing international alliance including the Heart Failure Policy Network, the European Kidney Health Alliance, the Global Heart Hub and the Croí the West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation with the aim of educating people about the importance of iron in the body and what can happen if the iron levels are not handled properly. Iron Deficiency Day 2021 encourages people at risk to listen to their bodies, take iron seriously and take control of their health by seeking early diagnosis and medical help from their doctor.

Iron deficiency affects about half of patients with chronic kidney disease2 and chronic heart failure and is associated with reduced quality of life3, an increased risk of hospitalization4 and cardiovascular death5. Despite the serious consequences and the high incidence of iron deficiency, the condition is still rejected6. Diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency have deteriorated further during the covid-19 pandemic as patients have had limited access to healthcare, resulting in even more cases not being diagnosed.

“We are pleased to work with our partners to support Iron Deficiency Day 2021, at a time when the pressure on healthcare systems exacerbated by the pandemic makes awareness of the importance of iron more relevant than ever,” commented Abbas Hussain, CEO of Vifor Pharma Group. “Together, we are dedicated to supporting people who are at risk of suffering from iron deficiency or iron deficiency anemia so that they can live better and healthier lives.”

“COVID-19 has a significant impact on access to care. With many healthcare systems facing significant backlogs, patients experiencing symptoms of iron deficiency have been less likely to seek support from healthcare professionals.” in Dr. Ewa Anita Jankowska, Professor at Wroclaw Medical University, Poland. “However, iron deficiency is easy to diagnose and treat. It is therefore important that we increase awareness of this debilitating disease and ensure that individuals understand how to recognize the symptoms and have access to early diagnosis and treatment options.”

To learn more about the importance of early diagnosis and to recognize symptoms of iron deficiency, visit www.takeironseriously.com/raise-awareness. Use the hashtags #TakeIronSeriously #IronDeficiency #IronDeficiencyDay and # IDDay2021 on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Vifor Pharma Group

Vifor Pharma Group is a global pharmaceutical company. It aims to become a world leader in iron deficiency, nephrology and cardio-renal therapies. The company is a favorite partner for pharmaceuticals and innovative patient-focused solutions. Vifor Pharma Group strives to help patients around the world with severe and chronic diseases to live better and healthier lives. The company develops, manufactures and markets drugs for precision care of patients. Vifor Pharma Group has a leading position in all its core business and consists of the following companies: Vifor Pharma and Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma (joint venture with Fresenius Medical Care). Vifor Pharma Group is headquartered in Switzerland and is listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX Swiss Exchange, VIFN, ISIN: CH0364749348).

For more information, visit viforpharma.com.

Notes to editors

Takeironseriously.com is intended to provide educational information to an international audience outside the United States; it is available in 12 languages. All information on the website is for educational purposes only and should not be used to replace a discussion with a healthcare professional. All decisions about patient care must be handled by a healthcare professional and made based on each patient’s unique needs.

About iron deficiency

Iron plays an important role in many bodily processes, including the production of red blood cells, efficient heart and brain function, and the prevention of infections and diseases. Without enough iron, the body can not function properly. Common symptoms are fatigue, dizziness and shortness of breath. Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia are estimated to affect one in three people worldwide7, but despite the serious consequences and the high prevalence8, it remains a failed state.

Although iron deficiency can affect anyone, it is most common in premenopausal women, pregnant women and children under the age of five.9. If left untreated, it can develop into iron deficiency anemia. The effects of iron deficiency differ from person to person but can be linked to a general deterioration of general health and well-being10. Even without anemia, iron deficiency can be debilitating, exacerbating an underlying chronic disease and leading to increased morbidity and mortality.11. Common symptoms are fatigue10, 12, 13 pale skin12, fragile nails12, 14, craving for non-foods such as dirt, mud and ice15and inability to concentrate10, 16. In children, iron deficiency can significantly impair cognitive and motor development17.

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