Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.'s Dragon's Blood Drug for Diarrhea Delayed by FDA
Published: Sep 06, 2012
Bill Forbes, Pharm. D., Executive Vice President, Medical, Research and Development, and Chief Development Officer, Salix, stated, “The FDA continues to work collaboratively with Salix to progress this important product through its full review. By taking no action at this time, the FDA has allowed for the currently ongoing dialogue between Salix and the FDA to continue.
“The continuing dialogue should allow further collaboration between us and the Agency, a collaboration that has resulted in substantial progress in handling topics important to crofelemer as well as to botanical products in general. The primary topic is the production and control of the crofelemer active pharmaceutical ingredient, a complex mixture that is the first botanical product to be reviewed by the Agency for oral use. This focus is needed to ensure compliance with the manufacturing and product quality requirements of the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. Both Salix and the FDA are committed to a robust level of cooperation and data exchange with the goal of providing crofelemer to patients suffering from the very important unmet need of the indication for which we are seeking approval. Our efforts to date have advanced both the chemical and the regulatory science methods available to ensure the quality and clinical usefulness of crofelemer and, potentially, other botanical products.
“We look forward to this continuing collaboration, and at this time anticipate an action by the FDA on our NDA by the end of the first quarter of 2013.”
Crofelemer is a first-in-class anti-diarrheal botanical drug substance. Crofelemer has minimal absorption and no effect on gut motility. Crofelemer’s mechanism of action is through inhibition of both the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein (CFTR) chloride ion channel and the calcium-activated chloride ion channels (CaCC). Crofelemer acts by blocking chloride ion channel secretion and accompanying high volume water loss in diarrhea, normalizing the flow of chloride ions and water in the GI tract.
About Diarrhea in HIV/AIDS Patients
Diarrhea remains a common problem for patients with HIV/AIDS that often negatively impacts their quality of life and can lead to discontinuation or premature switching of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) regimens. Approximately 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS and ~40% of those patients suffer from either episodic or chronic diarrhea. This condition can not only significantly reduce quality of life, but also result in weight loss, depression, reduced social interaction, and often increase direct and indirect healthcare costs.
About Salix Pharmaceuticals
Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, develops and markets prescription products for the prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. Salix’s strategy is to in-license late-stage or marketed proprietary therapeutic products, complete any required development and regulatory submission and market them through the Company’s gastroenterology specialty sales and marketing team.
Salix markets XIFAXAN® (rifaximin) tablets 200 mg and 550 mg, MOVIPREP® (PEG 3350, Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Ascorbate and Ascorbic Acid for Oral Solution), OSMOPREP® (sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate, USP and sodium phosphate dibasic anhydrous, USP) Tablets, APRISO® (mesalamine) extended-release capsules 0.375 g, METOZOLV® ODT (metoclopramide HCl), RELISTOR® (methylnaltrexone bromide) Subcutaneous Injection, SOLESTA®, DEFLUX®, PEPCID® (famotidine) for Oral Suspension, Oral Suspension DIURIL® (Chlorothiazide), AZASAN® (Azathioprine) Tablets, USP, 75/100 mg, ANUSOL-HC® 2.5% (Hydrocortisone Cream, USP), ANUSOL-HC® 25 mg Suppository (Hydrocortisone Acetate), PROCTOCORT® Cream (Hydrocortisone Cream, USP) 1% and PROCTOCORT® Suppository (Hydrocortisone Acetate Rectal Suppositories) 30 mg. Crofelemer, budesonide foam, RELISTOR® , Lumacan® and rifaximin for additional indications are under development.
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