Zealand Pharma Announces U.S. Commercial Availability of ZEGALOGUE® (dasiglucagon) injection
Company announcement – No. 41/ 2021
Zealand Pharma Announces U.S. Commercial Availability ofZEGALOGUE® (dasiglucagon) injection
- ZEGALOGUEnow available in both an auto-injector and prefilled syringe for the treatment of severe hypoglycemia in patients with diabetes aged 6 years and older
- Zealand Pharma introduces ConnectedCareTMpatient support program to facilitate access with educational and affordability resources for people with diabetes and their caregivers
Copenhagen, DK and Boston, MA, U.S.June24, 2021 – Zealand Pharma A/S (Nasdaq: ZEAL) (CVR-no. 20045078) a biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative peptide-based medicines, today announced that ZEGALOGUE® (dasiglucagon) injection 0.6mg/0.6mL is now commercially available in the U.S. in both an auto-injector and prefilled syringe.
“We are thrilled to announce that ZEGALOGUE is now available to support people with diabetes and their caregivers,” said Frank Sanders, President of U.S. Operations for Zealand Pharma. “One of the most frightening aspects of living with type 1 diabetes is the ever-present worry that an unexpected severe hypoglycemic event could occur at any time. This can be especially worrisome for people who are preparing for travel, the back to school season with a resumption of in-person learning, and other events away from home after a long period of isolation during the pandemic. The commercial availability of ZEGALOGUE brings us one step closer to helping people feel confident and prepared to address the unpredictable nature of severe hypoglycemia.”
“Each minute that passes during a severe hypoglycemic incident increases the risk of additional, and more serious, consequences, which underscores the need for treatments that work quickly and consistently,” said Stuart Weinzimer, MD, a Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the Yale School of Medicine. “Rescue therapies are under-prescribed for people with diabetes. It is critical for patients and families to discuss hypoglycemia and available rescue therapies with their clinicians, particularly as students with diabetes return to school. Similar to how other emergency treatments for food allergies are widely available and prescribed, we anticipate that the availability of new products like ZEGALOGUE will increase the awareness and importance of having rescue therapies offered to patients at risk of having very low blood sugar.”
Zealand is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of patients with diabetes and ensuring that ZEGALOGUE is available to as many people at risk for severe hypoglycemia as possible.
“We are proud to introduce Zealand Pharma ConnectedCare, a comprehensive patient support program designed to offer affordability resources, reimbursement and educational support to help address the diverse needs of patients and caregivers,” said Mr. Sanders.
The program includes co-pay support for eligible commercially insured patients who may pay as little as $25 for up to two ZEGALOGUE devices per fill, and the opportunity to receive home prescription delivery. Information on Zealand Pharma ConnectedCare is available at www.zegalogue.com.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ZEGALOGUE on March 22, 2021 for the treatment of severe hypoglycemia in pediatric and adult patients with diabetes aged 6 years and above.
Severe hypoglycemia is an acute, life-threatening condition resulting from a critical drop in blood glucose levels associated primarily with insulin therapy and is one of the most feared complications of diabetes treatment1. Children with diabetes on insulin are particularly affected, with 7 out 100 children up to the age of 18 reporting severe hypoglycemia in the previous 6 months2. While patients have the ability to monitor and adjust their blood glucose levels to remain in proper glycemic control, it’s not always possible to prevent a severe hypoglycemic event.
ZEGALOGUE (dasiglucagon) injection is indicated for the treatment of severe hypoglycemia in pediatric and adult patients with diabetes aged 6 years and above.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
ZEGALOGUE is contraindicated in patients with pheochromocytoma because of the risk of substantial increase in blood pressure and in patients with insulinoma because of the risk of hypoglycemia.
Warnings and Precautions
ZEGALOGUE is contraindicated in patients with pheochromocytoma because glucagon products may stimulate the release of catecholamines from the tumor. If the patient develops a substantial increase in blood pressure and a previously undiagnosed pheochromocytoma is suspected, 5 to 10 mg of phentolamine mesylate, administered intravenously, has been shown to be effective in lowering blood pressure.
In patients with insulinoma, administration of glucagon products may produce an initial increase in blood glucose; however, ZEGALOGUE administration may directly or indirectly (through an initial rise in blood glucose) stimulate exaggerated insulin release from an insulinoma and cause hypoglycemia. ZEGALOGUE is contraindicated in patients with insulinoma. If a patient develops symptoms of hypoglycemia after a dose of ZEGALOGUE, give glucose orally or intravenously.
Allergic reactions have been reported with glucagon products; these include generalized rash, and in some cases anaphylactic shock with breathing difficulties and hypotension. Advise patients to seek immediate medical attention if they experience any symptoms of serious hypersensitivity reactions.
ZEGALOGUE is effective in treating hypoglycemia only if sufficient hepatic glycogen is present. Patients in states of starvation, with adrenal insufficiency or chronic hypoglycemia may not have adequate levels of hepatic glycogen for ZEGALOGUE administration to be effective. Patients with these conditions should be treated with glucose.
The most common adverse reactions (≥2%) associated with ZEGALOGUE in adults were nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea and injection site pain; in pediatrics: nausea, vomiting, headache and injection site pain.
Patients taking beta-blockers may have a transient increase in pulse and blood pressure when given ZEGALOGUE. In patients taking indomethacin, ZEGALOGUE may lose its ability to raise blood glucose or may produce hypoglycemia. ZEGALOGUE may increase the anticoagulant effect of warfarin.
Please click here to see the full Prescribing Information for Zegalogue.
1 Strandberg RB, et al. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2017:11-19.
2 Saydah S et al. Endocrinol Diab Metab. 2019;2:e00057
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About Zealand Pharma A/S
Zealand Pharma A/S (Nasdaq: ZEAL) ("Zealand") is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of peptide-based medicines. More than 10 drug candidates invented by Zealand have advanced into clinical development, of which two have reached the market. Zealand’s robust pipeline of investigational medicines includes three candidates in late-stage development. Zealand markets V-Go®, a basal-bolus insulin delivery option for people with diabetes, and has received FDA approval for Zegalogue, (dasiglucagon), the first and only glucagon analogue for the treatment severe hypoglycemia in pediatric and adult patients with diabetes aged 6 and above. License collaborations with Boehringer Ingelheim and Alexion Pharmaceuticals create opportunity for more patients to potentially benefit from Zealand-invented peptide investigational agents currently in development.
Zealand was founded in 1998 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has presence throughout the U.S. that includes key locations in Boston, and Marlborough (MA). For more information about Zealand’s business and activities, please visit http://www.zealandpharma.com.
ZEGALOGUE ® is a registered trademark of Zealand Pharma A/S.
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