Commercial launch expands Endo's growing branded pharmaceutical men's health portfolio
DUBLIN, March 16, 2015 /CNW/ -- Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP) (TSX: ENL), announced today the commercial availability of NATESTO™ (testosterone nasal gel), the first and only nasal gel for testosterone replacement therapy in adult males diagnosed with hypogonadism.
NATESTO™ was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2014 for replacement therapy in adult men with conditions associated with deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone, including primary hypogonadism (congenital or acquired) or hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (congenital or acquired). NATESTO™ reduces the risk of transference via intranasal application.
"The launch of NATESTO™ further expands Endo's branded portfolio of men's health treatment offerings and highlights our continuing commitment to ensuring that patients living with hypogonadism have access to high quality medicines," said Rajiv De Silva, President and CEO of Endo. "With testosterone gels, implantable testosterone pellets, a long-acting injectable, and now an intranasal gel, Endo offers healthcare professionals a broad range of delivery options to appropriately raise testosterone levels that help meet the individual needs of men living with hypogonadism."
In 2014, Endo acquired the rights to NATESTO™ in the U.S. and Mexico from Trimel BioPharma SRL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trimel Pharmaceuticals Corporation (TSX: TRL), for $25 million plus additional payments upon the achievement of certain regulatory and sales milestones. Endo will collaborate with Trimel on all regulatory and clinical development activities regarding NATESTO™.
About NATESTO™ (testosterone) Nasal Gel
NATESTO™ is an androgen indicated for replacement therapy in males for conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone including:
- Primary hypogonadism (congenital or acquired)
- Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (congenital or acquired)
Limitations of Use
- Safety and efficacy of NATESTO™ in males less than 18 years old have not been established
NATESTO™ for intranasal use is available as a metered-dose pump. One pump actuation delivers 5.5 mg of testosterone. The recommended dose of NATESTO™ is 11 mg of testosterone (two pump actuations, one per nostril), applied intranasally three times daily for a total daily dose of 33 mg.
- Men with carcinoma of the breast or known or suspected prostate cancer
- Pregnant or breast-feeding women. Testosterone may cause fetal harm.
Warnings and Precautions
- Nasal adverse reactions: nasal signs and symptoms should be monitored. NATESTO™ is not recommended for use in patients with chronic nasal conditions or alterations in nasal anatomy
- Monitor patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) for worsening of signs and symptoms of BPH
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE), including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) have been reported in patients using testosterone products. Evaluate patients with signs or symptoms consistent with DVT or PE
- Women and children should not use Natesto™
- Exogenous administration of androgens may lead to azoospermia
- Edema with or without congestive heart failure (CHF) may be a complication in patients with preexisting cardiac, renal, or hepatic disease
- Sleep apnea may occur in those with risk factors
- Monitor serum testosterone, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), hemoglobin, hematocrit, liver function tests, and lipid concentrations periodically
The most common adverse reactions (incidence >/=3%) to NATESTO™ observed in clinical trials were an increase in prostate specific antigen (PSA), headache, rhinorrhea, epistaxis, nasal discomfort, nasopharyngitis, bronchitis, upper respiratory tract infection, sinusitis and nasal scab.
About Endo International plc
Endo International plc is a global specialty healthcare company focused on improving patients' lives while creating shareholder value. Endo develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes quality branded pharmaceutical, generic pharmaceutical, over the counter medications and medical device products through its operating companies. Endo has global headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, and U.S. headquarters in Malvern, PA. Learn more at www.endo.com.
About Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. is focused on developing and delivering high-value branded pharmaceutical products that meet the unmet needs of patients. Endo Pharmaceuticals is an operating company of Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP) (TSX: ENL), a global specialty healthcare company focused on improving patients' lives while creating shareholder value. Learn more at www.endo.com.
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