Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals’ New Drug Available to Patients
Mallinckrodt’s PENNSAID® (diclofenac sodium
topical solution) 2% w/w commercially launched
ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 10, 2014--
(NYSE: MNK) today announced the commercial launch of PENNSAID®
(diclofenac sodium topical solution) 2% w/w (PENNSAID 2%). PENNSAID 2%
is a topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) approved for
use in the treatment of the pain of osteoarthritis of the knees.
“We are excited to make PENNSAID 2% available for patients who suffer
from pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee,” said Hugh
O’Neill, Senior Vice President and President, U.S. Specialty
Pharmaceuticals, Mallinckrodt. “This launch is the result of our
continued commitment as a company to bringing additional NSAID treatment
options to the market.”
PENNSAID 2% was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
January 16, 2014. U.S. sales and marketing rights for PENNSAID 2% are
licensed to Mallinckrodt by Nuvo Research Inc. (TSX:NRI).
PENNSAID® (diclofenac sodium topical
solution) 2% w/w
IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION
WARNING: CARDIOVASCULAR AND GASTROINTESTINAL RISK
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may cause an
increased risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, myocardial
infarction, and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may increase
with duration of use. Patients with cardiovascular disease or risk
factors for cardiovascular disease may be at greater risk.
PENNSAID is contraindicated in the perioperative setting of
coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.
NSAIDs cause an increased risk of serious gastrointestinal adverse
events including bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach
or intestines, which can be fatal. These events can occur at any time
during use and without warning symptoms. Elderly patients are at
greater risk for serious gastrointestinal events.
PENNSAID is also contraindicated in patients:
with a known hypersensitivity to diclofenac sodium or any other
component of PENNSAID
who have experienced asthma, urticaria, or allergic-type reactions
after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs. Severe, rarely fatal
anaphylactic-like reactions to NSAIDs have been reported in such
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
Elevation of one or more liver tests may occur during therapy with
NSAIDs. PENNSAID should be discontinued immediately if abnormal liver
tests persist or worsen.
Use with caution in patients with fluid retention or heart failure.
Hypertension can occur with NSAID treatment. Monitor blood pressure
closely with PENNSAID treatment.
Long-term administration of NSAIDs can result in renal papillary
necrosis and other renal injury. Use PENNSAID with caution in patients
at greatest risk of this reaction, including the elderly, those with
impaired renal function, heart failure, liver dysfunction, and those
taking diuretics and ACE-inhibitors.
Anaphylactoid reactions may occur in patients without prior exposure
to PENNSAID. NSAIDs can cause serious skin adverse events such as
exfoliative dermatitis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), and toxic
epidermal necrolysis (TEN), which can be fatal.
Wash and dry hands before and after use. Avoid contact of PENNSAID
with the eyes and mucous membranes
PENNSAID was not evaluated under the conditions of heat application,
occlusive dressings overlay, or exercise; therefore, concurrent use of
PENNSAID under these conditions is not recommended.
apply PENNSAID to open wounds.
shower for at least 30 minutes after applying PENNSAID.
wear clothing over the PENNSAID treated knee until the treated knee is
Protect treated knee(s) from natural or artificial sunlight. Topicals,
such as sunscreen and bug repellent, may be applied after PENNSAID
treated knee(s) are completely dry.
Concurrent use with oral NSAIDs should be avoided unless benefit
outweighs risk and periodic laboratory evaluations are conducted
The most common adverse events in a phase 2 clinical trial of PENNSAID
2% were application site reactions, such as dryness (22%), exfoliation
(7%), erythema (4%), pruritus (2%), pain (2%), induration (2%), rash
(2%), and scabbing (<1%). Other adverse reactions occurring in >1% of
patients receiving PENNSAID 2% included urinary tract infection (3%),
contusion (2%), sinus congestion (2%), and nausea (2%).
The most common treatment-related adverse events in patients receiving
PENNSAID 1.5% were application site skin reactions including dry skin
(32%), contact dermatitis characterized by skin erythema and
induration (9%), contact dermatitis with vesicles (2%) and pruritus
(4%). In a long term safety study, contact dermatitis occurred in 13%
and contact dermatitis with vesicles in 10% of patients, generally
within the first 6 months of exposure, leading to a withdrawal rate
for an application site event of 14%. Other common adverse events
greater than placebo include: dyspepsia (9%), abdominal pain (6%),
flatulence (4%), diarrhea (4%) and nausea (4%).
USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS
PENNSAID should not be used in pregnant or lactating women and is not
approved for use in pediatric patients.
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PENNSAID is a registered trademark of Nuvo Research Inc.
Mallinckrodt is a global specialty pharmaceutical business that
develops, manufactures, markets and distributes specialty pharmaceutical
products and medical imaging agents. The company’s Specialty
Pharmaceuticals segment includes branded and specialty generic drugs and
active pharmaceutical ingredients, and the Global Medical Imaging
segment includes contrast media and nuclear imaging agents. Mallinckrodt
has approximately 5,500 employees worldwide and commercial presence in
roughly 70 countries. The company’s fiscal 2013 revenue totaled $2.2
billion. To learn more about Mallinckrodt, visit www.mallinckrodt.com.
Lynn Phillips, 314-654-3263
Senior Vice President, Communications
Vice President, Investor Relations