Efficacy and safety of finerenone in patients with chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes by GLP-1RA treatment: A subgroup analysis from the FIDELIO-DKD trial

Diabetes Obes Metab. 2022 Jan;24(1):125-134. doi: 10.1111/dom.14558. Epub 2021 Oct 11.


Aims: Finerenone significantly reduced the risk of kidney and cardiovascular (CV) outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes in the FIDELIO-DKD trial (NCT02540993). This exploratory subgroup analysis investigates the effect of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1RA) use on the treatment effect of finerenone.

Materials and methods: Patients with type 2 diabetes, urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR) 30-5000 mg/g and estimated glomerular filtration rate 25-<75 ml/min per 1.73 m2 receiving optimized renin-angiotensin system blockade were randomized to finerenone or placebo.

Results: Of the 5674 patients analysed, overall, 394 (6.9%) received GLP-1RAs at baseline. A reduction in UACR with finerenone was observed with or without baseline GLP-1RA use; ratio of least-squares means 0.63 (95% confidence interval 0.56, 0.70) with GLP-1RA use and 0.69 (95% confidence interval 0.67, 0.72) without GLP-1RA use (p value for interaction .20). Finerenone also significantly reduced the primary kidney (time to kidney failure, sustained decrease in estimated glomerular filtration rate ≥40% from baseline, or renal death) and key secondary CV outcomes (time to CV death, non-fatal myocardial infarction, non-fatal stroke, or hospitalization for heart failure) versus placebo, with no clear difference because of GLP-1RA use at baseline (p value for interaction .15 and .51 respectively) or any time during the trial. The safety profile of finerenone was similar between subgroups.

Conclusions: This exploratory subgroup analysis suggests that finerenone reduces UACR in patients with or without GLP-1RA use at baseline, and the effects on kidney and CV outcomes are consistent irrespective of GLP-1RA use.

Keywords: chronic kidney disease; finerenone; glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist; mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist; type 2 diabetes.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2* / chemically induced
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2* / complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2* / drug therapy
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate
  • Humans
  • Naphthyridines / adverse effects
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic* / chemically induced
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic* / complications
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic* / drug therapy


  • Naphthyridines
  • finerenone