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First Approval For AZ's Roxadustat With China Green Light

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China is the first country to give the green light to roxadustat, AstraZeneca and FibroGen's first-in-class oral inhibitor of HIF-PHI, which could become standard of care to treat anemia in chronic kidney disease patients.

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