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Discovery Labs Presents Final Assessment in a Series of Pharmacoeconomic Analyses that Explore Impact of Reintubation on Healthcare Costs
Date:6/11/2013

67 percent vs. 53 percent respectively; p<0.05) and Survanta (65 percent vs. 57 percent respectively; p<0.05).

The first published pharmacoeconomic analysis suggested that the lower rate of reintubation resulted in a potential decrease in direct hospital expenses of approximately $160,000 to $252,000 per 100 infants when compared with infants treated with Curosurf and Survanta based solely on the need for extended time on mechanical ventilation due to reintubation.  Authors in that analysis noted that additional analyses investigating potential reduction in other reintubation-associated morbidities were warranted. 

The second pharmacoeconomic analysis in the series suggested that the reduced rate of BPD related to reintubation might also result in an average potential hospital cost savings of $389,247 per 100 infants. 

This study presented at the PPAG annual meeting is the third and final pharmacoeconomic analysis and includes a further analysis related to BPD, as well as other key morbidities such as air leak, IVH, NEC and sepsis.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved SURFAXIN® for the prevention of RDS in premature infants who are at high risk for RDS.  SURFAXIN is the first synthetic, peptide-containing surfactant approved by the FDA and the only alternative to animal derived surfactants. 

In the third quarter of 2012, during a routine review of our processes related to analytical testing and quality control of SURFAXIN drug product, Discovery Labs determined that one analytical chemistry method used to assess SURFAXIN drug product required improvement and that an update to SURFAXIN product specifications was needed.  Discovery Labs notified the FDA, improved and revalidated the analytical chemistry method, and submitted updated product specifications to the FDA.  In April 2013, the FDA requested information and provi
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