WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: BRL), announced today the launch of its marketing campaign for ENJUVIA(TM) for the treatment of moderate-to-severe vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse, symptoms of vulvar and vaginal atrophy associated with menopause. ENJUVIA(TM) is the first and only oral estrogen approved by FDA for the treatment of these specific symptoms associated with vaginal atrophy. ENJUVIA, a plant-derived oral estrogen therapy is already approved for the treatment of moderate-to- severe vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes and night sweats) associated with menopause.
The launch of this new indication comes in conjunction with the North American Menopause Society annual meeting, October 3-6.
According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), an estimated 10- 40 percent of post-menopausal women suffer from symptoms related to vaginal atrophy (1). Two of the most common symptoms of vaginal atrophy are vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse (2). The symptoms of vaginal atrophy are most commonly associated with the diminished estrogen levels that accompany menopause (1). If left untreated, vaginal atrophy may result in years of discomfort (1).
"ENJUVIA has been shown in clinical studies to provide relief of moderate to severe vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse, symptoms of vulvar and vaginal atrophy associated with menopause. ENJUVIA's indication for the treatment of these moderate to severe vaginal symptoms associated with menopause affords women and healthcare professionals a new and effective treatment option for two of the most common symptoms associated with vaginal atrophy," stated James A. Simon, M.D., Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at George Washington University and Medical Director, Women's Health & Research Consultants. "There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for menopausal symptoms and women with symptoms should talk to their healthcare professional about finding a therapy that is right for them. For moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats and moderate to severe vaginal atrophy, hormone therapy may be appropriate. If taking estrogen only for the symptoms of vaginal atrophy, topical treatment should be considered."
In addition to launching the new indication, the 0.9 mg tablet strength, approved by FDA in April, will now be added to the existing range of tablet dosing strengths which also includes 0.3 mg, 0.45 mg, 0.625 mg and 1.25 mg dosing strengths. This new dosage strength provides additional options for healthcare professionals and patients initiating oral estrogen therapy. Patients should be started at the lowest approved dose of 0.3 mg of ENJUVIA daily. Subsequent dosage adjustment (which will differ depending on the indication) and periodic reassessment may be made based upon the individual patient response. When prescribed solely for the treatment of symptoms of vulvar and vaginal atrophy, topical products should be considered.
(1) Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Vol. 14, No.3 pp. 357-358
(2) Bachman Ga, Ebert GA, Burd ID. Vulvovaginal Complaints. In: Lobo RA,
ed. Treatment of the Postmenopausal Woman: Basic and Clinical
Aspects. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins;
Menopause is the time in a woman's life when the menstrual period ceases and the ovaries permanently stop releasing eggs. Menopause is considered complete when a woman has been without her period for a full year. While some women experience no menopausal symptoms, others suffer severe symptoms that require treatment. Vasomotor symptoms (night sweats, hot flashes) and vaginal symptoms such as vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse are common menopausal symptoms. Although the majority of women experience "natural" or spontaneous menopause, some women may experience menopause due to a medical intervention such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.
Important Information About Estrogens
Cardiovascular and other Risks
Estrogens with or without progestins should not be used for the prevention of cardiovascular disease or dementia.
The estrogen alone substudy of Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study reported increased risks of stroke and deep vein thrombosis in postmenopausal women (50 to 79 years of age) during 6.8 years and 7.1 years, respectively, of treatment with oral conjugated estrogens (CE 0.625 mg) relative to placebo.
The estrogen-plus-progestin substudy of the WHI reported increased risks of myocardial infarction, stroke, invasive breast cancer, pulmonary emboli, and deep vein thrombosis in postmenopausal women (50 to 79 years of age) during 5.6 years of treatment with oral CE 0.625 mg combined with medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA 2.5 mg) per day, relative to placebo. The Women's Health Initiative Memory Study (WHIMS), a substudy of WHI study, reported increased risk of developing probable dementia in postmenopausal women 65 years of age or older during 5.2 years of treatment with CE 0.625 mg alone and during 4 years of treatment with CE 0.625 mg combined with MPA 2.5 mg, relative to placebo. It is unknown whether this finding applies to younger postmenopausal women.
Other doses of oral conjugated estrogens with medroxyprogesterone acetate, and other combinations and dosage forms of estrogens and progestins were not studied in the WHI clinical trials and, in the absence of comparable data, these risks should be assumed to be similar. Because of these risks, estrogens with or without progestins should be prescribed at the lowest effective doses and for the shortest duration consistent with treatment goals and risks for the individual woman.
ENJUVIA tablets are indicated for: the treatment of moderate-to-severe vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause; and treatment of moderate to severe vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse, symptoms of vulvar and vaginal atrophy, associated with menopause. When prescribing solely for the treatment of moderate to severe vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse, topical vaginal products should be considered.
Patients should be started at the lowest approved dose of 0.3 mg ENJUVIA daily. Subsequent dosage adjustment may be made based upon the individual patient response. This dose should be periodically reassessed by the healthcare provider.
The most common side effects in the clinical trials were headache, pain, nausea, and breast pain. In clinical trials, adverse events that occurred at a rate greater than or equal to 5% and greater than placebo, regardless of relationship to study drug, included: abdominal pain, accidental injury, breast pain, bronchitis, dizziness, dysmenorrhea, flatulence, flu syndrome, headache, nausea, pain, paresthesia, rhinitis, sinusitis, and vaginitis.
ENJUVIA tablets should not be used in individuals with any of the following conditions: undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding; known, suspected, or history of cancer of the breast; known or suspected estrogen-dependent neoplasia; active deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or a history of these conditions; active or recent (e.g. within the past year) arterial thromboembolic disease (e.g. stroke, myocardial infarction); liver dysfunction or disease; hypersensitivity to its ingredients; or known or suspected pregnancy. There is no indication for ENJUVIA in pregnancy. There appears to be little or no increased risk of birth defects in children born to women who have used estrogens and progestins from oral contraceptives inadvertently during early pregnancy.
Women and healthcare providers who would like to learn more about ENJUVIA, including full prescribing information, should visit http://www.ENJUVIA.com.
About Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical company that operates in more than 30 countries worldwide and is engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of generic and proprietary pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. A holding company, Barr operates through its principal subsidiaries: Barr Laboratories, Inc., Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and PLIVA d.d. and its subsidiaries. The Barr Group of companies markets more than 115 generic and 25 proprietary products in the U.S. and more than 1,200 products globally outside of the U.S.
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