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New Study Shows Neonatologists and Parents of NICU Infants Share Concern Regarding Newborn Exposure to Animal-Derived Medications
Date:10/18/2011

WARRINGTON, Pa., Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Discovery Laboratories, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSCO) today reported that, in a recently published study in the Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, nearly all neonatologists (92 percent) interviewed stated they were concerned about the exposure of newborn children to animal-derived medications. Additionally, two-thirds of parents with children in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) who were interviewed in the same study wanted to be informed if an animal-derived medication were administered to their newborn child.  More than half of parents expressed a preference for humanized or synthetic products of comparable efficacy over an animal-derived medication. In addition, 58 percent of parents stated their primary objection to use of animal-derived medications was based on potential safety concerns, while 27 percent stated their objection was based on social and religious considerations.  The study highlights the growing need for synthetic medication options that can address persisting concerns around the use of animal-derived medications in newborn children.

"The concerns shared by neonatologists and parents of children in the NICU are not unfounded and underscore the need for the pharmaceutical industry to pursue safe and effective alternatives to animal-derived drugs," said Dr. Steven Donn, study co-author and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Health System. "Concerns about use of animal-derived medications exist and there is a need for further education for neonatal healthcare practitioners regarding the origin and choice of available medications."

The study also revealed that, today, 97 percent of neonatologists seldom, if ever, discuss the source of medications or their concerns about administering animal-derived medications.  However, if an alternative synthetic agent is considered to have comparable safety and efficacy, 78 percent of neonatologists bel
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