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Fuisz Pharma Announces Patent Allowance For New Tablet And Caplet Shapes That Promote Rapid, Reliable Esophageal Transit
Date:1/23/2013

MIAMI, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fuisz Pharma LLC announced today that it has received a notice of allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office in connection with its utility patent application entitled "Solid Dosage Form That Promotes Reliable Oral, Esophageal and GI Transit" (US 20120141545).  The allowed claims cover Fuisz Pharma's new tablet and caplet designs for improved transit, including the tablet that Fuisz Pharma calls the "Saturn™".  The Saturn™ has been demonstrated through in vitro tests and in vivo clinical trials to enable easier swallowing and more reliable, faster esophageal clearance as compared with conventional tablet shapes.  A photo of the Saturn™ is included below.

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Joseph Fuisz , Managing Member, stated, "This allowance of patent claims around our Saturn™ tablet has important therapeutic and commercial implications."

The Saturn™ tablet offers a great benefit through its faster and more reliable esophageal transit.   The high frequency of esophageal transit failure is increasingly understood.  Moreover, the breadth of drug classes that provoke esophageal irritation is increasingly understood to extend far beyond the bisphosphonates as is manifest from the FDA's adverse event reporting system, including cox-2, statins and NSAIDs.  Moreover, esophageal transit failure results in delayed C(max) – with one published study showing C(max) in supine patients with an average C(max) delay of seventy minutes.

Importantly for Fuisz Pharma, the FDA is increasingly recognizing the role of tablet shape in esophageal transit with a view towards requiring generics to follow the size and shape of the reference, branded product.

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