GREENSBORO, N.C., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Merz Pharmaceuticals today announced that Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA), a new botulinum toxin type A for the treatment of adults with cervical dystonia (CD)or blepharospasm, is now commercially available in the U.S. XEOMIN was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 30, 2010.
XEOMIN is a botulinum toxin type A that is free from accessory proteins. It is FDA-approved for the treatment of adults with cervical dystonia, to decrease the severity of abnormal head position and neck pain in both botulinum toxin-naive and previously treated patients and blepharospasm in adults previously treated with Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA).
"We are excited that XEOMIN is now available in the U.S.," said Jack Britts, President and CEO of Merz Pharmaceuticals, LLC. "XEOMIN is a new treatment option for patients with cervical dystonia or blepharospasm. Merz is committed to patients having access to the product by providing a variety of service offerings and financial assistance programs for patients. We are pleased with the initial response from healthcare professionals and patients and we believe XEOMIN will make a difference in the lives of CD and blepharospasm patients who receive the product. Our Medical and Sales representatives have begun activities supporting the product to healthcare professionals who regularly inject botulinum toxin for the treatment of cervical dystonia and blepharospasm."
As part of its commitment to the professional and patient communities, Merz will offer a comprehensive product support system that allows a single point of contact for assistance with ordering, product information, reimbursement questions and patient support. Merz will also offer a drug co-pay assistance program for eligible patients, designed to provide direct assistance to patients for their out-of-pocket costs.
"Over the years, botulinum toxin has become an important treatment for cervical dystonia and blepharospasm," said Stephen Gollomp, M.D., Clinical Professor of Neurology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Penn., and an investigator for XEOMIN. "With the availability of XEOMIN in the U.S., physicians and patients now have a new therapeutic option for the treatment of these conditions."
To order XEOMIN, call 1-888-4-XEOMIN (1-888-493-6646).
Dystonias are neurological movement disorders in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. These movements, which are involuntary and sometimes painful, may affect a single muscle (focal), a group of muscles such as those in the arms, legs, or neck (segmental), or even the entire body (generalized). Symptoms can be mild or severe and dystonias may be markedly disabling.
Although dystonia is thought to be rare, it is possibly undiagnosed or misdiagnosed due to lack of specific clinical criteria. With focal dystonia, such as blepharospasm or cervical dystonia, most people first experience symptoms in middle age.
According to an epidemiology study conducted in Rochester, Minn., focal dystonia, which includes cervical dystonia, and may be characterized by twisting of the neck, and blepharospasm, or excessive eyelid spasm is estimated to affect 295 per million people in the U.S.
In nature, Clostridium botulinum produces the toxin in association with ancillary accessory proteins. Manufacturers utilize this naturally occurring protein complex to produce therapeutic botulinum toxin products. Now Merz introduces XEOMIN (incobotulinumtoxinA) which employs a proprietary manufacturing process that isolates the therapeutic component and eliminates these accessory proteins.
More than 84,000 patient shave been treated with XEOMIN worldwide since 2005. The U.S. is the 20th country to approve XEOMIN for the treatment of cervical dystonia and blepharospasm.
XEOMIN is the only botulinum toxin that does not require refrigeration prior to reconstitution. Merz believes this may simplify product distribution and storage, and help ensure product integrity at the time of injection. XEOMIN will be available in 50-unit and 100-unit vials, which Merz believes may allow for more precise billing and reduce wastage.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
WARNING: Distant Spread of Toxin Effect
XEOMIN is contraindicated in patients with a known hypersensitivity to the active substance botulinum toxin type A or to any of the components in the formulation and in the presence of infection at the proposed injection site(s).
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
Concomitant treatment of XEOMIN and aminoglycoside antibiotics, spectinomycin, or other agents that interfere with neuromuscular transmission (e.g., tubocurarine-like agents), or muscle relaxants, should be observed closely because the effect of XEOMIN may be potentiated.
USE IN PREGNANCY
Pregnancy Category C: There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. XEOMIN should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
Please see full prescribing information for XEOMIN, including Boxed WARNING, available at www.XEOMIN.com.
Merz Pharmaceuticals, LLC is a part of the Merz Group of companies and was established in 1995 to develop and commercialize products for the Merz Group. Areas of therapeutic focus include Neurology, Dermatology, and Podiatry.
With a 102 year heritage, the Merz Group is known worldwide for its development of original compounds and formulations for medical professionals and consumers in 90 countries. Globally, Merz is a leader in the development of pharmaceuticals for the treatment of neurological and psychological disorders as well as for aesthetic medicine. Global research is concentrated in fields that have a strong need for therapeutic innovation such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, tinnitus, chronic pain conditions, addictions, and neuromuscular disturbances.
XEOMIN is a registered trademark of Merz Pharma GmbH & Co KGaA. Botox is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.
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