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FDA Approves Strativa Pharmaceuticals' Zuplenz® (ondansetron) Oral Soluble Film

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Strativa Pharmaceuticals today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zuplenz® (ondansetron) oral soluble film for the prevention of postoperative, highly and moderately emetogenic cancer chemotherapy-induced, and radiotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.  Zuplenz, a unique formulation of ondansetron, is the first oral soluble film approved by the FDA as a prescription medication.

The FDA approval was granted based on clinical study data comparing the bioequivalence of Zuplenz 8 mg to Zofran ODT® (orally dissolving tablet) 8 mg.  The pharmacokinetic results of these studies demonstrated that a single dose of Zuplenz, taken with or without water and under fed and fasting conditions, was comparable to Zofran ODT.

"The FDA approval of Zuplenz marks an important milestone for Strativa as it reinforces our commitment to enhancing prescription products to meet the different needs of patients," said John A. MacPhee, President, Strativa Pharmaceuticals. "Zuplenz offers an innovative and convenient, easy-to-take formulation for patients who have trouble swallowing tablets, while providing the trusted efficacy expected from ondansetron."

Zuplenz uses proprietary PharmFilm® oral soluble film technology from MonoSol Rx to rapidly dissolve on the tongue without the need for water, which can cause additional discomfort for some patients suffering from nausea and vomiting.  Zuplenz will be offered in 4 mg and 8 mg dosage strengths, and is expected to be available in retail pharmacies in the third quarter of 2010.

Nausea and vomiting is a common side effect associated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery. Left untreated, nausea and vomiting can have serious consequences such as exhaustion, dehydration and undernourishment, which can interfere with treatment and healing.

In June 2008, Strativa and MonoSol Rx entered into an exclusive licensing agreement under which Strativa acquired the U.S. commercialization rights to Zuplenz oral soluble film.  Under the terms of the amended agreement, the FDA approval triggered Strativa's payments to MonoSol Rx of a $4.0 million approval milestone and a $2.0 million pre-launch milestone.

Indication and Important Safety Information

Zuplenz is indicated for the prevention of postoperative, highly and moderately emetogenic cancer chemotherapy-induced, and radiotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

The concomitant use of apomorphine with ondansetron is contraindicated based upon reports of profound hypotension and loss of consciousness.

Zuplenz is contraindicated for patients known to have hypersensitivity to the drug.

The most common adverse drug reactions (greater than or equal to 5%) reported in clinical trials of patients receiving ondansetron for prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy or concurrent radiotherapy were headache, malaise/fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, and dizziness. In addition, the most common adverse event reported for postoperative nausea and vomiting and occurring at a rate significantly different from placebo was headache.

About Strativa Pharmaceuticals

Strativa Pharmaceuticals, the proprietary products division of a wholly owned subsidiary of Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. (NYSE: PRX), excels at finding, enhancing, and bringing to market drugs that make a meaningful difference to patients. For more information about Strativa, visit

About Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc.

Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. is a U.S.-based specialty pharmaceutical company.  Through its wholly-owned subsidiary's two operating divisions, Par Pharmaceutical and Strativa Pharmaceuticals, it develops, manufactures and markets higher-barrier-to-entry generic drugs and niche, innovative proprietary pharmaceuticals. For press releases and other company information, visit

About MonoSol Rx

MonoSol Rx is a specialty pharmaceutical company leveraging its proprietary PharmFilm® technology to deliver drugs in lingual, sub-lingual and buccal dissolving films. PharmFilm® is designed to benefit patients by improving the convenience, efficacy, and compliance of currently marketed drugs. The company is a leader in film drug delivery and has a strong intellectual property position, a portfolio of commercialized prescription and OTC drug products, and a pipeline of prescription formulations utilizing its PharmFilm® technology.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements in this news release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  To the extent any statements made in this news release contain information that is not historical, these statements are essentially forward-looking and, as such, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which could cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from those expressed herein.  Risk factors that might affect such forward-looking statements include those set forth in Item 1A of the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, in other of the Company's filings with the SEC from time to time, including Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K, and on general industry and economic conditions.  Any forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date hereof only, based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and, subject to any applicable law to the contrary, the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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