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Abstract: PO2529

Dapagliflozin and Kidney Outcomes in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 Infection: Results from the DARE-19 Randomized Controlled Trial

Session Information

Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • 000 Coronavirus (COVID-19)


  • L Heerspink, Hiddo Jan, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Furtado, Remo, Instituto do Coracao do Hospital das Clinicas da FMUSP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Berwanger, Otavio, Academic Research Organization-Hospital, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Koch, Gary G., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
  • Martinez, Felipe, National University of Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Mukhtar, Omar, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
  • Verma, Subodh, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Gasparyan, Samvel B., AstraZeneca, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Tang, Fengming N., Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • Windsor, Sheryl L., Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • Buenconsejo, Joan, AstraZeneca, Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
  • Esterline, Russell L., AstraZeneca, Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
  • Oscarsson, Jan, AstraZeneca, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Ambery, Philip D., AstraZeneca, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Langkilde, Anna Maria, AstraZeneca, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Kosiborod, Mikhail, The George Institute for Global Health, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia

Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 infection are at high risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) and renal replacement therapy, especially in the presence of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The DARE-19 trial showed that in hospitalized patients with COVID-19, treatment with dapagliflozin (DAPA) vs placebo resulted in numerically fewer patients experiencing organ failure or death, although these differences were not statistically significant. We performed a pre-specified secondary analysis of DARE-19 to determine the efficacy and safety of DAPA on kidney outcomes in the overall population and by CKD status.


The DARE-19 trial randomized 1250 hospitalized patients (231 [18.5%] had eGFR <60 mL/min/1.73m2) with COVID-19 and cardiometabolic risk factors to DAPA or placebo. Dual primary outcomes (time to new or worsened organ dysfunction or death, and a hierarchical composite endpoint of recovery [change in clinical status by Day 30]), and the specific kidney outcome (composite of AKI, renal replacement therapy or death), as well as safety were assessed in patients with baseline eGFR <60 and ≥60 mL/min/1.73m2.


The effect of DAPA vs placebo on the primary prevention outcome (hazard ratio [HR] 0.80 [95%CI 0.58, 1.10]) and primary recovery outcome (win ratio 1.09 [95%CI 0.97, 1.22]) was consistent across eGFR subgroups (p for interaction 0.98 and 0.67, respectively). The effect on the composite kidney outcome (HR 0.74 [95%CI 0.50, 1.07]) was also consistent in eGFR subgroups (p for interaction 0.44). There were numerically fewer AKI events with DAPA in patients with eGFR<60 ml/min/1.73m2 (HR 0.71 [95%CI 0.29, 1.77]) and ≥60 ml/min/1.73m2 (HR 0.69 [95%CI 0.37, 1.29]). DAPA was well tolerated in patients with eGFR <60 and ≥60 mL/min/1.73m2.


The effects of DAPA on primary and secondary outcomes in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 were consistent in those with/without CKD. DAPA was well tolerated and did not increase the risk of AKI in patients with/without CKD.


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