Healthcare Industry News: sumatriptan
News Release - November 9, 2006
POZEN Submits Full Response to FDA Approvable Letter For Trexima(TM)CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--POZEN Inc. (NASDAQ: POZN ) today announced the submission of the full response to the Approvable Letter for Trexima(TM), the proposed brand name for the combination of sumatriptan succinate, formulated with RT Technology(TM), and naproxen sodium, in a single tablet for the acute treatment of migraine to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA will have up to six months to review the information contained in the full response.
Migraine affects more than 28 million people in the United States alone, of which roughly three out of four migraine sufferers are women. According to the International Headache Society's diagnostic criteria, migraine is characterized by recurrent headaches lasting 4 to 72 hours (untreated) and with symptoms including moderate to severe headache pain, throbbing head pain, head pain located on one side of the head, head pain aggravated by routine activity, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine can be disabling and sufferers may miss days of work, lose time with family and friends, and be unable to pursue basic daily activities.
About Imitrex® (sumatriptan succinate) Tablets
Imitrex is a prescription medication indicated for the acute treatment of migraine in adults. Imitrex should only be used when a clear diagnosis of migraine has been established. Patients should not take Imitrex if they have certain types of heart disease, history of stroke or TIAs, peripheral vascular disease, Raynaud syndrome, or blood pressure that is uncontrolled. Patients with risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or are a smoker, should be evaluated by a doctor before taking Imitrex. Very rarely, certain people, even some without heart disease, have had serious heart related problems. Patients who are pregnant, nursing, or taking medications should talk to their doctor.
About Naproxen Sodium
Naproxen sodium is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and is contained in Anaprox®, Anaprox DS®, Naprelan®, Aleve® and in a number of over-the-counter medications. Naproxen sodium is indicated for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and juvenile arthritis. It is also indicated for the treatment of tendinitis, bursitis, acute gout and for the management of pain and primary dysmenorrhea. Naproxen-containing products should not be used by patients who have had allergic reactions to any product containing naproxen, nor in patients in whom aspirin or other NSAIDs induce the syndrome of asthma, rhinitis, and nasal polyps. Patients who have a history of peptic ulcer or gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney problems, uncontrolled hypertension or heart failure should consult a physician before using naproxen-containing medications. NSAIDs may cause increased risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, myocardial infarction and stroke. This risk may increase with duration of use and in patients with cardiovascular disease or risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Serious gastrointestinal toxicity such as bleeding, ulceration and perforation can occur at any time in patients treated chronically with NSAID therapy and physicians should remain alert for such effects even in the absence of previous GI tract symptoms. Patients who are pregnant or are nursing should consult a physician before use of a naproxen-containing medication.
POZEN is a pharmaceutical company committed to developing therapeutic advancements for diseases with unmet medical needs where it can improve efficacy, safety, and/or patient convenience. POZEN's efforts are focused primarily on the development of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of acute and chronic pain and other pain-related conditions. POZEN has development and commercialization alliances with GlaxoSmithKline for the proposed product candidate Trexima(TM) combining sumatriptan, formulated with RT technology, and naproxen sodium in a single tablet which is currently under review by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the acute treatment of migraine, and with AstraZeneca for proprietary fixed dose combinations of the proton pump inhibitor esomeprazole magnesium with naproxen in a single tablet for conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in patients who are at risk for developing NSAID-associated gastric ulcers. The company's common stock is traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol "POZN". For detailed company information, including copies of this and other press releases, see POZEN's website: www.pozen.com.
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