Healthcare Industry News: COPAXONE
News Release - August 13, 2012
Teva Receives FDA Acceptance of Its New Drug Application for Quartette(TM) (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol tablets and ethinyl estradiol tablets) for the Prevention of PregnancyFirst Ascending-Dose Extended Regimen Oral Contraceptive Designed to Decrease Breakthrough Bleeding Between Scheduled Periods
FRAZER, Pa.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--Teva Women’s Health, Inc., a U.S.-based subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for filing its New Drug Application (NDA) for Quartette™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol tablets and ethinyl estradiol tablets). The company is seeking approval to manufacture and market Quartette™, the first ascending-dose, extended regimen oral contraceptive for the prevention of pregnancy. The NDA was submitted to the FDA on May 31, 2012.
The submission was based on a clinical development program including results from Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III clinical trials designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Quartette™ in the prevention of pregnancy. The clinical trials involved more than 3,000 female subjects.
“Quartette™ is an ascending dose regimen oral contraceptive intended for prevention of pregnancy. We looked at when and why breakthrough bleeding occurs and designed Quartette™ to have less disruptive, unscheduled bleeding,” said Nancy Ricciotti, senior director of clinical affairs, Teva Women's Health R&D. “Quartette builds upon our heritage in providing women with innovative, extended-cycle contraceptive products and we look forward to the potential to offer the first ascending-dose extended regimen birth-control option.”
Women may experience breakthrough bleeding (BTB) with any birth control pill, especially during the first few months. Numerous studies of extended regimens have shown that unscheduled BTB often increases typically during the first few months of treatment.i,ii,iii,iv BTB is one of the reasons a large number of women discontinue extended regimens.i,ii,iii,iv,v,vi,vii
Quartette™ is a trademark of Barr Laboratories, Inc.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company, committed to increasing access to high-quality healthcare by developing, producing and marketing affordable generic drugs as well as innovative and specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's leading generic drug maker, with a global product portfolio of more than 1,300 molecules and a direct presence in about 60 countries. Teva's branded businesses focus on CNS, oncology, pain, respiratory and women's health therapeutic areas as well as biologics. Teva currently employs approximately 46,000 people around the world and reached $18.3 billion in net revenues in 2011.
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