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Mission Pharmacal Launches Dedicated Sales Force
Date:8/21/2013

rged as the world's preeminent facility in the treatment of urolithiasis, or kidney stone disease.

That research then got a boost from the federal government. The Orphan Drug Act of 1983 reduced regulations on companies developing drugs for "orphan" diseases, which typically afflict too few patients to interest most pharmaceutical companies. The act also gives orphan drug makers seven years of exclusive rights to their creation and a tax credit for the cost of clinical trials.

That support spurred Mission's breakthroughs in the medical management of kidney stone disease. The company first launched Urocit-K, which inhibits the formation of two of the most common types of kidney stones caused by buildups of calcium oxalate and uric acid. Then came two drugs to treat rarer causes of stone formation, Lithostat, which helps treat struvite kidney stones that result from a bacterial infection, and Thiola, which helps treat stones caused by a buildup of the amino acid cystine.

Mission's urology products even have traveled into space, helping NASA astronauts combat their increased risk of kidney stones caused by extended exposure to the zero-gravity environments inside the International Space Station and other spacecraft.

Meanwhile, the number of people in the United States who develop kidney stones has increased steadily over the past 30 years, according to the National Kidney Foundation.

Today, nearly 1 out of every 10 people is likely to develop a stone in their lifetime, the foundation said. Of those, about half will develop another stone within five years.

"Back in the early '80s, this was a rare disease," said Crawford, who has worked with Mission's urology division from the beginning. "Now, it's much more prevalent, which makes our treatments that much more important."

Based on its new sales commitment, Mission Pharmacal plans not only to continue its work in the Urology field, but to expand i
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