WIXOM, Mich., March 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rockwell Medical (Nasdaq:RMTI), a fully-integrated biopharmaceutical company offering innovative products and services targeting end-stage renal disease (ESRD), chronic kidney disease (CKD), and iron deficiency anemia, announced today that it has executed a multi-year supply agreement with DaVita Inc. through 2013.
Mr. Robert L. Chioini, Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Medical, stated that, "We are pleased to have executed this multi-year supply agreement with DaVita, further strengthening our long-standing business relationship. We are proud to provide high-quality products and premium customer and delivery service to dialysis providers committed to offering top-level patient care, such as DaVita."
DaVita Inc., a FORTUNE 500® company, is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services and education to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of December 31, 2010, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 1,612 dialysis facilities, serving approximately 125,000 patients.
About Rockwell Medical:
Rockwell Medical is a fully-integrated biopharmaceutical company offering innovative products and services initially targeting end-stage renal disease (ESRD), chronic kidney disease (CKD), and iron deficiency anemia. An established manufacturer and leader in delivering high-quality hemodialysis concentrates/dialysates to dialysis providers and distributors in the U.S. and abroad, Rockwell provides products that are used to maintain human life by removing toxins and replacing critical nutrients in the dialysis patient's bloodstream. Dialysis is a process that duplicates kidney function for patients who suffer from ESRD. There are approximately 400,000 ESRD patients in the United States. World-wide there are approximately 2 million ESRD patients, growing at an annual rate of 5-6 percent.
The Company is developing a unique, proprietary renal drug therapy for treating iron deficiency in ESRD patients on dialysis. Soluble Ferric Pyrophosphate (SFP) is a proprietary, water-soluble iron that is designed to deliver iron during every dialysis session, maintaining hemoglobin in the target range as per Kidney Disease Quality Outcomes Initiative (KDQOI) recommendations. SFP is currently in Phase III clinical development. Please visit for more information.
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