Pediapharm Announces the Commercial Launch of Cuvposa™ in Canada
MONTREAL, April 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pediapharm Inc. (the “Company” or “Pediapharm”) (TSX VENTURE:PDP) (OTCQB:PDDPF) is very pleased to announce the Canadian commercial launch of Cuvposa™ (Glycopyrrolate oral solution 1 mg/ 5 mL) which is indicated to reduce chronic severe drooling in patients aged 3-18 years with neurologic conditions associated with problem drooling (e.g. cerebral palsy (CP)).
“Cuvposa is currently being distributed within the various wholesalers and pharmacy channels. Our sales force has been trained and is eager to communicate with health care providers and ultimately, help children with CP, many of whom are facing the burden of chronic severe drooling on a daily basis.” said Richard Labelle vice-president and marketing of Pediapharm.
Chronic drooling, or excessive production of saliva (sialorrhea), is a common condition found in children with CP but it may also be diagnosed in patients with other neurological disorders (i.e. severe developmental delay, autism spectrum disorders, sensory impairments, traumatic brain injuries as well as neurogenetic and metabolic disorders.)
It is estimated that the cerebral palsy prevalence ranges from 110-150 out of 100 000 people in the population1 while prevalence of chronic drooling in children with CP vary from 37.4% to 58%2. It has been estimated that 25% to 35% of children with cerebral palsy drool to varying degrees, and 10% of these children have chronic severe drooling3. The Company estimates that in Canada, approximately 5,000 patients affected by sialorrhea could be treated with Cuvposa.
According to Dr. Pierre Marois, Pediatric Physiatrist at Montreal’s Ste-Justine Hospital ‘’Often underestimated, sialorrhea implies clinical and social consequences, and has several impacts related to the overall health of children with CP, regarding dysphagia and respiratory health, their socio-emotional development, and emotional and work overload for families and caregivers’’. Furthermore, Dr. Marois added that “due to the limited treatment options available, sialorrhea is an all-too-often poorly managed condition in pediatric patients suffering from neurologic disorders such as cerebral palsy. Cuvposa is an important advancement in the treatment of chronic severe drooling in children with neurologic disorders.’’
Cuvposa (glycopyrrolate) is indicated to reduce chronic severe drooling in patients aged 3 –18 years with neurologic conditions associated with problem drooling (e.g., cerebral palsy). Cuvposa is available as a 1 mg/ 5 ml cherry flavored oral solution. Glycopyrrolate is a competitive inhibitor of acetylcholine muscarinic receptors that are located on certain peripheral tissues, including salivary glands. Glycopyrrolate indirectly reduces the rate of salivation by preventing the stimulation of these receptors. Results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 3 study of 38 patients showed that 75% of children and adolescents treated with Cuvposa experienced an improvement in symptoms of chronic severe drooling at week 8, versus 11% who received placebo. Dry mouth, vomiting, constipation, flushing and nasal congestion were the most commonly reported adverse reactions.
About Pediapharm Inc.
Pediapharm is the only Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to serving the needs of the pediatric community. Its mission is to bring to the Canadian market the latest innovative pediatric products with the objective to improve the health and the well-being of children in Canada. Since its debut in 2008, Pediapharm has entered into numerous commercial agreements with partners from Canada and other countries around the world. The Company’s innovative product portfolio includes NYDA®, a breakthrough treatment for head lice; Relaxa™, an osmotic laxative used to treat constipation; EpiCeram®, a non-steroid emulsion for eczema; naproxen suspension, indicated to treat pain and inflammation due to various conditions, including Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis; Rupall™, an innovative new allergy medication with a unique mode of action; Otixal™, the first and only antibiotic and steroid combination ear drop available in single, sterile, preservative-free and unit-dose packaging; and Cuvposa™, for chronic severe drooling, a condition affecting a significant proportion of cerebral palsy patients.
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- Walshe M. & al., Interventions for drooling in children with cerebral palsy (review),
The Cochrane Library 2012, Issue 11
- Drooling in children, Paediatric Child Health Vol 4 No 6 September 1999
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