New Study Confirms That Novel Liquid Levothyroxine Solution Can be Administered as Early as 15 Minutes Before Breakfast
PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study demonstrates the ability of a novel liquid formulation of levothyroxine, TirosintSol® developed and commercialized in the United States by IBSA Pharma Inc., to be administered as early as 15 minutes before breakfast without interfering with absorption and systemic availability. The results of the study are being presented today at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) Annual Meeting. The study is the first of its kind to address the limitation of levothyroxine formulations that must be administered on an empty stomach 30-60 minutes before eating breakfast, a requirement posing a significant challenge to adherence to therapy for many patients.
The study examined the bioavailability of Tirosint-SOL when administered in a dose of 600 mcg to healthy volunteers in intervals of 15 and 30 minutes in advance of consuming a high fat, high calorie breakfast, defined by the FDA as a meal of 800-1000 total Kcal with 50% of calories derived from fat. Dr. Murray Ducharme of the University of Montreal is presenting the new findings at this year's AACE meeting which will be held virtually.
The current FDA approved label for Tirosint-SOL directs administration on an empty stomach 30-60 minutes before eating. While patients should continue to follow these label instructions, results of the study suggest that dosing either 15 minutes or 30 minutes in advance of eating breakfast produces similar levels of drug exposure, which could be of great value to patients. Based on these findings, IBSA Institut Biochimique SA, the sponsor of the study, anticipates seeking FDA approval for a change in the approved labelling for Tirosint-SOL.
"Levothyroxine is a narrow therapeutic index (NTI) drug that requires no interference from food or beverages for consistent dissolution and absorption", said Dr. Ducharme. "The results of this study demonstrate that the wait time needed before breakfast may be shortened to a period of 15 minutes without significant negative effect with the liquid levothyroxine formulation."
Commenting on the study, Dr. Francesco Celi of Virgina Commonwealth University added that the study results should be of interest to both patients and clinicians: "Lack of patient adherence to levothyroxine dosing recommendations is common and may be a frequent reason for suboptimal levothyroxine performance. The opportunity to provide patients living with hypothyroidism with a medication that is easier to use may facilitate both adherence and therapeutic outcomes."
The study was sponsored by IBSA Institut Biochimique SA, makers of Tirosint®-SOL (levothyroxine sodium) oral solution. Tirosint-SOL is the only FDA-approved liquid levothyroxine formulation available in monodose packaging for convenience and dosing precision. It is approved for treating hypothyroidism among patients of all ages and is made with only levothyroxine, glycerol and water for enhanced tolerability and absorption. Tirosint-SOL is currently available in 12 dosage strengths and may be administered by squeezing -the contents of the monodose ampule directly into the mouth, using a spoon or mixing the drug in water. Additional information, including money saving options for patients that may reduce the cost of Tirosint-SOL to as little as $25 per month can be found at www.TirosintSOL.com. The Tirosint Direct Program provides patients with another savings option for obtaining their prescribed therapy. Through the Tirosint Direct program, patients can access a network of mail order pharmacies providing Tirosint-SOL for as little as $40 per month regardless of their insurance coverage. Go to www.TirosintSOL.com for more details.
Hypothyroidism is an endocrine disorder with numerous causes resulting in a deficiency in thyroid hormone. More than 27 million adults have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. ¹ Up to 13 million Americans have undiagnosed hypothyroidism. ² About 2% of the U.S. population has pronounced hypothyroidism, and as much as 10% has subclinical (mild) hypothyroidism. The condition is most common in women over 40 years of age and in the elderly of both sexes.³ The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism are nonspecific and may include fatigue, forgetfulness, depression, constipation, muscle cramps, weight gain, dry skin and hair loss.⁴ Laboratory tests (TSH, FT3 and FT4) are the most common biochemical parameters used in diagnosing hypothyroidism.⁵ Levothyroxine sodium is a synthetic version of a hormone that is normally produced by the thyroid gland. It is used to treat patients who suffer from hypothyroidism or inadequate levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).
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