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July 2, 2014
07:41 EDTZGNXZogenix updates development of abuse deterrent formulations of Zohydro ER
Zogenix announced an update on its development programs focused on the introduction of abuse deterrent formulations of Zohydro ER Extended-Release Capsules, CII. Zohydro ER is indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. The company has previously indicated that it is simultaneously developing two distinct approaches for abuse deterrent formulations of Zohydro ER. Following a recent meeting with the FDA, Zogenix expects to file a supplemental new drug application, or sNDA, by October for a next-generation formulation of Zohydro ER Extended-Release Capsules designed to make it more difficult to abuse by injection or nasal administration. If approved, this new formulation could be available to prescribers in early 2015. The company will continue to characterize the product's abuse deterrent properties with the goal of further amending the labeling for Zohydro ER Extended-Release Capsules in 2015 to include abuse deterrence claims consistent with the FDA's current draft Guidance for Industry, Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Ė Evaluation and Labeling.
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November 20, 2014
14:26 EDTZGNXZogenix slips after FDA approves new extended-release opioid analgesic
Shares of Zogenix, the maker of Zohydro ER, are lower in afternoon trading after the FDA approved Hysingla ER, another extended-release opioid analgesic. WHAT'S NEW: Earlier, the Food and Drug Administration announced it has approved Hysingla ER, which is an extended-release opioid analgesic to treat pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Hysingla ER has approved labeling describing the productís abuse-deterrent properties consistent with the FDAís 2013 draft guidance for industry. Hysingla ER is manufactured by Purdue Pharma. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Janet Woodcock, the director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, stated in a post to the "FDA Voice" blog, that the approval of Hysingla ER marks additional progress in the fight against the ongoing misuse and abuse of prescription opioids. In her blog post, Woodcock stated: "While Hysingla ER has the same active ingredient, hydrocodone, as Zohydro ER, the only other approved extended-release hydrocodone product, there are important differences between the two." Hysingla ER has approved abuse-deterrent labeling, while Zohydro ER does not, Woodcock noted. The CDER director also stated that the FDA has not yet determined whether Hysingla ER will prove to be safer than Zohydro ER. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, shares of Zogenix slipped 1.7% to $1.18.

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