Healthcare Industry News: Acute Coronary Syndrome
News Release - May 11, 2016
Medicure Files Application for New AGGRASTAT(R) Product FormatExpects to Launch Bolus Vial in Q3 2016
WINNIPEG, May 11, 2016 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) - Medicure Inc. ("Medicure" or the "Company") (TSXV:MPH, OTC:MCUJF), a specialty pharmaceutical company, is pleased to announce that it has submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the introduction of a new "bolus vial" product format for AGGRASTAT (tirofiban HCl).
The new product format is a concentrated, pre-mixed, 15 ml vial containing sufficient drug to administer the FDA approved, high dose bolus (HDB) of 25 mcg/kg at the beginning of treatment. AGGRASTAT is currently only sold in a pre-mixed intravenous bag format that comes in two sizes, 100 ml and 250 ml. The existing, pre-mixed products will continue to be available, providing a convenient concentration for administering the post-HDB maintenance infusion of 0.15 mcg/kg/min. (Approved Dosing: Administer intravenously 25 mcg/kg within 5 minutes and then 0.15 mcg/kg/min for up to 18 hours.)
"Our decision to pursue the new bolus vial format is in response to feedback we have received from hospitals considering a switch to AGGRASTAT," stated Dr. Albert Friesen, Chief Executive Officer and President at Medicure Inc. "If the application is approved, we anticipate the launch of the new product format in Q3 2016, and we expect that this investment in our brand will make a significant contribution as we seek to further expand use of AGGRASTAT across the United States."
Although the current bag format can be used to deliver the HDB as well as the maintenance infusion, some physicians and hospital catheterization labs prefer to administer the initial bolus dose with a smaller volume of drug product. Moreover, the availability of a ready-to-use bolus vial will provide greater operational similarities and efficiencies for hospitals transitioning to AGGRASTAT.
As is the case with the existing bag format, the new AGGRASTAT bolus vial does not require refrigeration and has a relatively neutral acidity (pH 5.5 – 6.5).
Development costs, and the cost of the initial commercial inventory, of the new bolus vial were substantially incurred in 2015.
The launch of the new product format is dependent upon approval by the FDA. Expected FDA review time is four (4) months.
About Medicure Inc.
Medicure is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics for the U.S. hospital market. The primary focus of the Company and its subsidiaries is the marketing and distribution of AGGRASTAT (tirofiban HCl) for non-ST elevation Acute Coronary Syndrome in the United States, where it is sold through the Company's U.S. subsidiary, Medicure Pharma, Inc. For more information on Medicure please visit www.medicure.com.
Indications and Usage
AGGRASTAT is indicated to reduce the rate of thrombotic cardiovascular events (combined endpoint of death, myocardial infarction, or refractory ischemia/repeat cardiac procedure) in patients with non-ST elevation Acute Coronary Syndrome (NSTE-ACS).
Dosage and Administration
Administer intravenously 25 mcg/kg within 5 minutes and then 0.15 mcg/kg/min for up to 18 hours. In patients with creatinine clearance =60 mL/min, give 25 mcg/kg within 5 minutes and then 0.075 mcg/kg/min.
In clinical studies with the HDB regimen, AGGRASTAT was administered in combination with aspirin, clopidogrel and heparin or bivalirudin to over 8,000 patients for typically =24 hours.
Known hypersensitivity to any component of AGGRASTAT, history of thrombocytopenia with prior exposure to AGGRASTAT, active internal bleeding, or history of bleeding diathesis, major surgical procedure or severe physical trauma within previous month.
Warnings and Precautions
Aggrastat can cause serious bleeding. If bleeding cannot be controlled discontinue AGGRASTAT. Thrombocytopenia: Discontinue AGGRASTAT and heparin.
Bleeding is the most commonly reported adverse reaction.
For more information on AGGRASTAT, please refer to Full Prescribing Information.
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