Strativa Pharmaceuticals announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zuplenz (ondansetron) oral soluble film for the prevention of postoperative, highly and moderately emetogenic cancer chemotherapy-induced, and radiotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Zuplenz, a formulation of ondansetron, is the first oral soluble film approved by the FDA as a prescription medication.
The FDA approval was granted based on clinical study data comparing the bioequivalence of Zuplenz 8 mg to Zofran ODT (orally dissolving tablet) 8 mg. The pharmacokinetic results of these studies demonstrated that a single dose of Zuplenz, taken with or without water and under fed and fasting conditions, was comparable to Zofran ODT.
“The FDA approval of Zuplenz marks an important milestone for Strativa as it reinforces our commitment to enhancing prescription products to meet the different needs of patients,” said John A. MacPhee, President, Strativa Pharmaceuticals. “Zuplenz offers an innovative and convenient, easy-to-take formulation for patients who have trouble swallowing tablets, while providing the trusted efficacy expected from ondansetron.”
Zuplenz uses proprietary PharmFilm oral soluble film technology from MonoSol Rx to rapidly dissolve on the tongue without the need for water, which can cause additional discomfort for some patients suffering from nausea and vomiting. Zuplenz will be offered in 4 mg and 8 mg dosage strengths, and is expected to be available in retail pharmacies in the third quarter of 2010.
In June 2008, Strativa and MonoSol Rx entered into an exclusive licensing agreement under which Strativa acquired the U.S. commercialization rights to Zuplenz oral soluble film. Under the terms of the amended agreement, the FDA approval triggered Strativa’s payments to MonoSol Rx of a $4.0 million approval milestone and a $2.0 million pre-launch milestone.
Date: July 2, 2010
Source: Strativa Pharmaceuticals
Filed Under: Drug Discovery