Healthcare Industry News: OPANA
News Release - October 19, 2009
Endo Pharmaceuticals Gives Update on Regulatory Status of FORTESTA(TM)CHADDS FORD, Pa., Oct. 19 (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Endo Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ENDP ) today announced that it received a Complete Response letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the New Drug Application (NDA) for FORTESTA(TM) (testosterone) 2% Gel for men diagnosed with low testosterone (Low T), also known as hypogonadism.
"The potential of this action was considered in the structure of the deal to in-license this product," said Dr. Ivan Gergel, M.D., executive vice president, R&D, Endo Pharmaceuticals. "We will continue to work closely with the FDA to address their questions and we expect to file a complete response, mid-2010. Endo is committed to bringing FORTESTA to market to offer men another option for testosterone replacement therapy."
In August 2009, Endo signed an agreement with U.K.-based ProStrakan Group Plc to acquire exclusive U.S. rights to commercialize the testosterone 2% gel, branded variously as Tostran, Tostrex and Itnogen outside the U.S. The testosterone 2% gel is marketed across Europe by ProStrakan's own, in-house sales forces and is out-licensed by ProStrakan to Bayer Schering Pharma (BSP) in 147 countries.
Low T, also known as hypogonadism, is a condition in men characterized by the body's failure to produce normal amounts of the hormone testosterone. It is associated with symptoms including decreased energy and mood, fatigue, loss of muscle mass, decreased libido and erectile dysfunction. In addition, there is increasing evidence of the link between Low T and other serious medical conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. Because the symptoms of Low T are often similar to those caused by other medical conditions, more than 91 percent of men with the condition go undiagnosed.
Endo Pharmaceuticals is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the research, development, sale and marketing of branded and generic prescription pharmaceuticals used to treat and manage pain, overactive bladder, prostate cancer and the early onset of puberty in children, or central precocious puberty (CPP). Its products include LIDODERM®, a topical patch to relieve the pain of postherpetic neuralgia; Percocet® and Percodan® tablets for the relief of moderate-to-moderately severe pain; FROVA® tablets for the acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura in adults; OPANA® tablets for the relief of moderate-to-severe acute pain where the use of an opioid is appropriate; OPANA® ER tablets for the relief of moderate-to-severe pain in patients requiring continuous, around-the-clock opioid treatment for an extended period of time; Voltaren® Gel, which is owned and licensed by Novartis AG, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug indicated for the relief of the pain of osteoarthritis of joints amenable to topical treatment, such as those of the hands and the knees; VANTAS® for the palliative treatment of advanced prostate cancer; SUPPRELIN® LA for the treatment of early onset puberty in children; and VALSTAR(TM) for the treatment of BCG-refractory carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the urinary bladder in patients for whom immediate cystectomy would be associated with unacceptable medical risks. The company markets its branded pharmaceutical products to physicians in pain management, urology, endocrinology, oncology, neurology, surgery and primary care. More information, including this and past press releases of Endo Pharmaceuticals, is available at www.endo.com.
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