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FDA Approves Name Change for Heartburn Drug Kapidex
Date:3/4/2010

ount of acid produced in the stomach. Casodex, marketed by AstraZeneca, is used to treat men with advanced prostate cancer. Kadian, distributed by Actavis Kadian LLC, is an opioid analgesic used to treat pain.

"The FDA is pleased to have worked with Takeda to take swift and responsible steps to change the name of this product in the interest of patient safety," said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

The FDA evaluates new drug names before a product is approved to minimize confusion with existing drugs. Sometimes unexpected name confusions can occur once the product goes to market.

To improve this safety process, the FDA has issued a new guidance for industry titled Contents of a Complete Submission for the Evaluation of Proprietary Names. The guidance explains what information should be submitted to help in the evaluation of a proposed proprietary drug or biologic name, and to ensure compliance with other requirements for labeling and promotion.

These efforts are part of the agency's Safe Use Initiative which was launched in Novemb
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