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Published Online: Tuesday, July 1, 2008
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Abilify

Marketed by:

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (Princeton, NJ) and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd (Tokyo, Japan)

Indication:

May 8, 2008?The FDA approved updated labeling for Abilify (aripiprazole) as an adjunctive therapy to either lithium or valproate for the acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder with or without psychotic features in adults. Abilify has been approved as monotherapy for the treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder with or without psychotic features in adults since September 2004. In addition to this new indication, the FDA approved a new recommended starting and target dose of 15 mg daily for Abilify monotherapy in the treatment of bipolar I disorder in adults.

Dosage Form:

Tablets: 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 mg; also available are Abilify Discmelt Orally Disintegrating Tablets: 10 and 15 mg; 1 mg/mL nonrefrigerated oral solution; singledose, ready-to-use solution for intramuscular injection, 7.5 mg/mL

For More Information:

www.abilify.com




Actonel

Marketed by:

Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals Inc (Cincinnati, OH) and sanofi-aventis US LLC (Bridgewater, NJ)

Indication:

April 24, 2008?The FDA approved a new once-a-month dose (150 mg) of Actonel (risedronate sodium) tablets for the treatment and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Actonel is a bisphosphonate approved to reduce the risk of fractures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. It also is indicated for treatment to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis, treatment and prevention of glucocorticoid- induced osteoporosis, and treatment of Paget?s disease. With this approval, Actonel is the first and only monthly option approved to protect women from fracture at both the spine and sites beyond the spine.

Dosage Form:

Tablets: 5, 30, 35, 75, and 150 mg

For More Information:

www.actonel.com




Amitiza

Marketed by:

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Inc (Bethesda, MD) and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd (Osaka, Japan) and its wholly owned subsidiary Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc (Deerfield, IL)

Indication:

April 29, 2008?Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Inc and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd and its wholly owned subsidiary, Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc, announced that the FDA approved Sucampo?s supplemental New Drug Application for Amitiza (lubiprostone) 8-?g capsules twice daily to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation in women aged 18 years or older. Amitiza, a chloride channel activator, received FDA approval in January 2006 and has been available since April 2006 as a therapy for chronic idiopathic constipation in adults.

Dosage Form:

Gelatin capsules: 8 and 24 ?g

For More Information:

www.amitiza.com




Ferralet 90

Marketed by:

Mission Pharmacal Co (San Antonio, TX)

Indication:

May 20, 2008?Mission Pharmacal announced the launch of Ferralet 90, a new prescription oral iron supplement for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) that is responsive to oral iron therapy. IDA is a depletion of stored iron that prevents maturation of red blood cells. Ferralet 90 contains 90 mg of carbonyl iron as well as essential vitamins and minerals to help patients replenish iron stores in a safe, effective, and tolerable manner. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency and the leading cause of anemia in the United States.

Dosage Form:

One tablet daily or as directed by a physician (each tablet contains 90 mg iron, 1 mg folic acid, 12 ?g vitamin B12, 120 mg vitamin C, and 50 mg docusate sodium)

For More Information:

www.ferralet90.com




Lacrisert

Marketed by:

Aton Pharma Inc (Lawrenceville, NJ)

Indication:

April 23, 2008?Aton Pharma Inc announced that it launched an expanded distribution program that incorporates sampling, reimbursement assistance, and patient education resources for the dry eye medication Lacrisert (hydroxypropyl cellulose ophthalmic insert). Lacrisert is a preservative-free, once-daily, sustained-release prescription insert that helps to retain moisture, stabilize the tear film, and lubricate the eye. Lacrisert has newly designed packaging, as well as a new national drug code. Lacrisert is administered into the inferior cul-de-sac of the eye beneath the base of the tarsus. It should not be placed in apposition to the cornea, nor beneath the eyelid at the level of the tarsal plate. Illustrated instructions are included in each package.

Dosage Form:

Ophthalmic insert: 5 mg supplied in packages of 60 sterile unit doses (each wrapped in an aluminum blister), 2 reusable applicators, and a plastic storage container to store the applicators after use

For More Information:

www.lacrisert.com
877-ATON-549 (877-286-6549)




Seroquel

Marketed by:

AstraZeneca (Wilmington, DE)

Indication:

May 14, 2008?AstraZeneca announced that the FDA approved Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate tablets) for the maintenance treatment of patients with bipolar I disorder, as adjunct therapy to lithium or divalproex. Seroquel is approved by the FDA for the treatment of schizophrenia, and it also is the only single agent approved by the FDA for the treatment of both depressive episodes in bipolar disorder and acute manic episodes associated with bipolar I disorder. Bipolar disorder currently affects approximately 8 million US adults and is considered one of the most severe forms of mental illness.

Dosage Form:

Tablets: 25, 50, 100, 200, 300, and 400 mg

For More Information:

www.astrazeneca-us.com




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NovoSeven RT

Marketed by:

Novo Nordisk (Princeton, NJ)

Indication:

May 13, 2008?Novo Nordisk announced that the FDA approved NovoSeven RT (coagulation factor VIIa [recombinant] room temperature stable), the first room temperature?stable recombinant product available for the treatment of bleeding episodes in patients with hemophilia with inhibitors. NovoSeven RT is a new formulation of NovoSeven (coagulation factor VIIa [recombinant]) designed to provide patients with added flexibility when treating their condition. This new formulation does not need refrigeration and can be moved in and out of the refrigerator. In addition, NovoSeven RT has a higher concentration for lower infusion volumes and quick administration.

Dosage Form:

Lyophilized powder in single-use vials: 1, 2, or 5 mg recombinant Factor VIIa

For More Information:

www.NovoSevenRT.com




Vyvanse

Marketed by:

Shire plc (Philadelphia, PA)

Indication:

April 23, 2008?Shire plc announced that it received FDA approval for Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate), for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults. Vyvanse was originally approved in July 2007 for the treatment of ADHD in children aged 6 to 12 years and is now the first and only once-daily prodrug stimulant approved to treat adults with ADHD. The recommended dosage for adults and pediatric patients aged 6 to 12 is 30 mg once daily in the morning; the maximum dose is 70 mg once daily in the morning. ADHD is one of the most common psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents and also affects an estimated 4.4% of US adults aged 18 to 44 based on results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication.

Dosage Form:

Tablets: 20, 30 40, 50, 60, and 70 mg (dosage strengths of 20, 40, and 60 mg are expected to be available in pharmacies this summer)

For More Information:

www.vyvanse.com



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