Cinacalcet HCl reduces hypercalcemia in primary hyperparathyroidism across a wide spectrum of disease severity

Munro Peacock, J. P. Bilezikian, M. A. Bolognese, Michael Borofsky, Simona Scumpia, L. R. Sterling, Sunfa Cheng, Dolores Shoback

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Context: Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is characterized by elevated serum calcium (Ca) and increased PTH concentrations. Objective: The objective of the investigation was to establish the efficacy of cinacalcet in reducing serum Ca in patients with PHPT across a wide spectrum of disease severity. Design and Setting: The study was a pooled analysis of data from three multicenter clinical trials of cinacalcet in PHPT. Patients : Patients were grouped into three disease categories for analysis based on the following: 1) history of failed parathyroidectomy (n = 29); 2) meeting one or more criteria for parathyroid-ectomy but without prior surgery (n = 37); and 3) mild asymptomatic PHPT without meeting criteria for either above category (n = 15). Intervention: The intervention in this study was treatment with cinacalcet for up to 4.5 yr. Outcomes: Measurements in the study included serum Ca, PTH, phosphate, and bone-specific alkaline phosphatase, and areal bone mineral density (aBMD). Vital signs, safety biochemical and hematological indices, and adverse events were monitored throughout the study period. Results: The extent of cinacalcet-induced serum Ca reduction, proportion of patients achieving normal serum Ca (≤10.3 mg/dl), reduction in serum PTH, and increase in serum phosphate were similar across all three categories. Except for decreased aBMD at the total femur indicated for parathyroidectomy group at 1 yr, no significant changes in aBMD occurred. The efficacy of cinacalcet was maintained for up to 4.5 yr of follow-up. AEs were mild and similar across the three categories. Conclusions: Cinacalcet is equally effective in the medical management of PHPT patients across a broad spectrum of disease severity, and overall cinacalcet is well tolerated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E9-E18
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical

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Peacock, M., Bilezikian, J. P., Bolognese, M. A., Borofsky, M., Scumpia, S., Sterling, L. R., Cheng, S., & Shoback, D. (2011). Cinacalcet HCl reduces hypercalcemia in primary hyperparathyroidism across a wide spectrum of disease severity. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 96(1), E9-E18.