Diabetic nephropathy (DN), also known as diabetic kidney disease, refers to kidney function damage caused by diabetes. DN is a leading cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and is associated with high morbidity, mortality, and healthcare cost. Use of pharmacotherapy for DN varies by disease severity, physician specialty, and CKD stage. Physicians consider management of DN challenging because current therapies manage only the complications of DN. Currently available therapies have limited efficacy and are unable to treat the underlying cause of the disease and prevent progressive renal decline in patients. This report investigates the current prescribing practices for DN and analyzes the various factors driving treatment decisions.
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