Welcome!

News Feed Item

Noven Receives FDA Approval for Brisdelle™ (Paroxetine) Capsules, the First Nonhormonal Therapy for Vasomotor Symptoms Associated with Menopause

Brisdelle™ is the first and only FDA-approved nonhormonal therapy clinically proven to treat moderate to severe menopausal vasomotor symptoms

MIAMI, FL and NEW YORK, NY, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc., today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Brisdelle™ low-dose paroxetine capsules, 7.5 mg/day, for the treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms (VMS) associated with menopause, commonly referred to as hot flashes and night sweats. Prior to the approval of Brisdelle™, hormone therapy was the only FDA-approved treatment for VMS. Many women are unable or unwilling to take hormone therapy to treat their VMS associated with menopause, often leaving symptoms untreated.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130628/CG40582)

"Noven is proud to have developed Brisdelle™, the first and only FDA-approved nonhormonal option for the treatment of moderate to severe VMS, and to be the first company to offer both nonhormonal and hormonal treatment options for women with VMS," said Jeffrey F. Eisenberg, Noven's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We will commercialize Brisdelle™ in the U.S. through our Noven Therapeutics Women's Health division and we estimate that Brisdelle will be available in U.S. pharmacies in November 2013."

At the unique low dose of 7.5 mg of paroxetine as a mesylate salt, Brisdelle™ was specifically developed for and studied in women who experience hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause. Brisdelle™ contains a lower dose of paroxetine than is indicated for any other condition.

"The FDA approval of Brisdelle™ addresses the unmet need for a clinically proven nonhormonal treatment option for hot flashes and night sweats," said David Portman,* M.D., Director of the Columbus Center for Women's Health Research and Brisdelle™ clinical trial investigator. "As a clinician, the comprehensive prescribing information and proven data for Brisdelle™ enable me to confidently offer women with moderate to severe VMS a nonhormonal option that is safe and effective."

Brisdelle™ was clinically proven to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes and night sweats. Brisdelle™ was studied in one Phase 2 and two Phase 3 randomized, placebo-controlled trials in 1,276 women with VMS associated with menopause. The most common adverse reactions, defined as those experienced by at least 2 percent of patients taking Brisdelle™ compared to placebo were headache (6.3 vs. 4.8 percent), fatigue/malaise/lethargy (4.9 vs. 2.8 percent) and nausea/vomiting (4.3 vs. 2.3 percent). Of these commonly reported adverse reactions, nausea occurred primarily within the first four weeks of treatment and fatigue occurred primarily within the first week of treatment, and decreased in frequency with continued therapy. Brisdelle™ shares paroxetine warnings and precautions.

"The approval of Brisdelle™ is significant because it meaningfully expands the therapeutic options for the 24 million women in the U.S. affected by moderate to severe VMS, two-thirds of whom are not currently treating these often debilitating symptoms," said Joel Lippman, M.D., FACOG, Noven's Executive Vice President – Product Development and Chief Medical Officer. "Noven has long focused on developing and offering therapies to address women's menopausal health concerns, and we are pleased to address the diverse needs of this population." 

In clinical development, Brisdelle™ was referred to as low-dose mesylate salt of paroxetine (LDMP) and Mesafem.

To learn more about Brisdelle™, to register for updates, and for the full Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide, visit www.Brisdelle.com and read the Important Safety Information below.

INDICATION
BRISDELLE™ (Paroxetine) Capsules is a prescription medicine used to reduce moderate to severe hot flashes associated with menopause.

BRISDELLE contains a lower dose of paroxetine, a medicine also used to treat a number of psychiatric disorders. The lower dose of paroxetine in BRISDELLE has not been studied in any psychiatric conditions and BRISDELLE is not approved for any psychiatric uses.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
What is the most important information I should know about BRISDELLE?

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms, or go to the nearest emergency room:

Suicidal thoughts or actions:

  • BRISDELLE, and related antidepressant medicines, may increase suicidal thoughts or actions within the first few months of treatment.
  • Depression or other serious mental illnesses are the most important causes of suicidal thoughts or actions.
  • Watch for these changes and call your healthcare provider right away if you notice:
    • New or sudden changes in mood, behavior, actions, thoughts, or feelings, especially if severe.
    • Pay particular attention to such changes when BRISDELLE is started.

Keep all follow-up visits with your healthcare provider and call between visits if you are worried about symptoms.

Serotonin Syndrome: Nervousness, hallucinations, coma, or other changes in mental status; coordination problems or small movements of the muscles that you cannot control; racing heartbeat, high or low blood pressure; sweating or fever; nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; muscle rigidity; dizziness; flushing; tremors; seizures.

Reduced effectiveness of tamoxifen: Tamoxifen (a medicine used to treat breast cancer) may not work as well if it is taken at the same time as BRISDELLE.  If you are taking tamoxifen, tell your healthcare provider before starting BRISDELLE.

Abnormal bleeding: BRISDELLE may increase your risk of bleeding or bruising, especially if you take the blood thinner warfarin, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin.

Low salt (sodium) levels in the blood: Elderly people may be at greater risk for this. Symptoms may include: headache; weakness or feeling unsteady; confusion, problems concentrating or thinking or memory problems.

Bone Fractures:  Women who take BRISDELLE may have a higher risk of bone fractures. 

Manic episodes: Greatly increased energy; severe trouble sleeping; racing thoughts; reckless behavior; unusually grand ideas; excessive happiness or irritability; talking more or faster than usual.

Seizures or convulsions.

Restlessness: Women who take BRISDELLE may feel an inner restlessness, nervousness, or be unable to sit still or stand still especially when they start taking BRISDELLE. 

Visual symptoms.

Who should not take BRISDELLE?
Do not take BRISDELLE if you:

  • Take a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI), including the antibiotic linezolid. Unless directed to do so by your physician, do not take an MAOI within 14 days of stopping BRISDELLE and do not start BRISDELLE if you stopped taking an MAOI in the last 14 days. People who take BRISDELLE close in time to an MAOI may have serious or life-threatening side effects.
  • Take thioridazine or pimozide. Do not take thioridazine or pimozide together with BRISDELLE because this can cause serious heart problems or sudden death.
  • Are pregnant. BRISDELLE is not for pregnant women. Paroxetine can harm your unborn baby.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before starting BRISDELLE?
Before starting BRISDELLE, tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • Have liver or kidney problems; bipolar disorder or mania; low sodium levels in your blood; glaucoma (high pressure in the eye); have or had seizures, convulsions, or bleeding problems; have any other medical conditions; are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines that you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines such as migraine headache medication (triptans), other antidepressants and antipsychotics, vitamins, and herbal supplements. 

If you take BRISDELLE, you should not take any other medicines that contain paroxetine.

What should I avoid while taking BRISDELLE?
You should not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how BRISDELLE affects you. 

What are the most common side effects of BRISDELLE?
The most common possible side effects of BRISDELLE include: headache; tiredness; nausea and vomiting.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of BRISDELLE. 

Please read the Medication Guide within the full Prescribing Information before taking BRISDELLE. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

About Menopause
During perimenopause, the transition period before a woman reaches menopause, estrogen levels gradually decline and periods may become irregular. Natural menopause is typically confirmed when a woman has missed her menstrual periods for 12 consecutive months. The average age of a woman entering natural menopause is 51 years old. Some women may undergo surgical menopause, which can take place at any age. Surgical menopause occurs when both ovaries are surgically removed (called an oophorectomy), often along with the uterus (called a hysterectomy). Because ovaries are the body's main source of estrogen production, a woman enters menopause when they are removed. The severity of symptoms associated with menopause varies from woman to woman. Hot flashes and night sweats are the most common symptoms of menopause. Because the journey is unique for each woman, it is important for women going through menopause to have a thorough discussion about the transition with their doctors and determine if treatment is appropriate.

About Noven
Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the research, development, manufacturing, marketing and sale of prescription pharmaceutical products. Noven is committed to developing and offering products and technologies that meaningfully benefit patients, its customers and its industry partners, with a focus on treatment options for women experiencing menopausal vasomotor symptoms. Noven is a stand-alone operating subsidiary of Japan-based Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., and serves as Hisamitsu's U.S. growth platform in prescription pharmaceuticals. For more information about Noven, visit www.noven.com. For information about Hisamitsu, visit www.hisamitsu.co.jp/english.

* David Portman, M.D., is a compensated consultant for Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Statements attributed to Dr. Portman are his own opinions.

Contacts
Joseph C. Jones                                                          
Vice President – Corporate Affairs  
Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
305-253-1916

Ashley Buford
Director
GolinHarris
212-373-6045

SOURCE Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
Major trends and emerging technologies – from virtual reality and IoT, to Big Data and algorithms – are helping organizations innovate in the digital era. However, to create real business value, IT must think beyond the ‘what’ of digital transformation to the ‘how’ to harness emerging trends, innovation and disruption. Architecture is the key that underpins and ties all these efforts together. In the digital age, it’s important to invest in architecture, extend the enterprise footprint to the cl...
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor – all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organization...
"Dice has been around for the last 20 years. We have been helping tech professionals find new jobs and career opportunities," explained Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
Rapid innovation, changing business landscapes, and new IT demands force businesses to make changes quickly. In the eyes of many, containers are at the brink of becoming a pervasive technology in enterprise IT to accelerate application delivery. In this presentation, attendees learned about the: The transformation of IT to a DevOps, microservices, and container-based architecture What are containers and how DevOps practices can operate in a container-based environment A demonstration of how ...
Successful digital transformation requires new organizational competencies and capabilities. Research tells us that the biggest impediment to successful transformation is human; consequently, the biggest enabler is a properly skilled and empowered workforce. In the digital age, new individual and collective competencies are required. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bob Newhouse, CEO and founder of Agilitiv, drew together recent research and lessons learned from emerging and established compa...
Extracting business value from Internet of Things (IoT) data doesn’t happen overnight. There are several requirements that must be satisfied, including IoT device enablement, data analysis, real-time detection of complex events and automated orchestration of actions. Unfortunately, too many companies fall short in achieving their business goals by implementing incomplete solutions or not focusing on tangible use cases. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products...
Without a clear strategy for cost control and an architecture designed with cloud services in mind, costs and operational performance can quickly get out of control. To avoid multiple architectural redesigns requires extensive thought and planning. Boundary (now part of BMC) launched a new public-facing multi-tenant high resolution monitoring service on Amazon AWS two years ago, facing challenges and learning best practices in the early days of the new service. In his session at 19th Cloud Exp...
"Venafi has a platform that allows you to manage, centralize and automate the complete life cycle of keys and certificates within the organization," explained Gina Osmond, Sr. Field Marketing Manager at Venafi, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"Coalfire is a cyber-risk, security and compliance assessment and advisory services firm. We do a lot of work with the cloud service provider community," explained Ryan McGowan, Vice President, Sales (West) at Coalfire Systems, Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Effectively SMBs and government programs must address compounded regulatory compliance requirements. The most recent are Controlled Unclassified Information and the EU's GDPR have Board Level implications. Managing sensitive data protection will likely result in acquisition criteria, demonstration requests and new requirements. Developers, as part of the pre-planning process and the associated supply chain, could benefit from updating their code libraries and design by incorporating changes. In...
CloudJumper, a Workspace as a Service (WaaS) platform innovator for agile business IT, has been recognized with the Customer Value Leadership Award for its nWorkSpace platform by Frost & Sullivan. The company was also featured in a new report(1) by the industry research firm titled, “Desktop-as-a-Service Buyer’s Guide, 2016,” which provides a comprehensive comparison of DaaS providers, including CloudJumper, Amazon, VMware, and Microsoft.
Regulatory requirements exist to promote the controlled sharing of information, while protecting the privacy and/or security of the information. Regulations for each type of information have their own set of rules, policies, and guidelines. Cloud Service Providers (CSP) are faced with increasing demand for services at decreasing prices. Demonstrating and maintaining compliance with regulations is a nontrivial task and doing so against numerous sets of regulatory requirements can be daunting task...
Fact: storage performance problems have only gotten more complicated, as applications not only have become largely virtualized, but also have moved to cloud-based infrastructures. Storage performance in virtualized environments isn’t just about IOPS anymore. Instead, you need to guarantee performance for individual VMs, helping applications maintain performance as the number of VMs continues to go up in real time. In his session at Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, Product and Marketing at Tintri, sha...