Originally Posted by Anonymous
Amitiza is finished when Zelnorm is back on the market. Physicians do not want to be prescribing a prostaglandin!
EAST HANOVER, N.J., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Novartis has established a restricted access program for Zelnorm(R) (tegaserod maleate) so that patients in need of this medicine can be considered for treatment.
The program, called a treatment IND, is designed to help women in the US under 55 years of age who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) or chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC), and for whom no other treatment has provided satisfactory relief and/or patients who had satisfactory improvement of their symptoms with prior Zelnorm treatment for IBS-C or CIC. Novartis and the FDA are moving forward with this program because of requests from physicians and patients following the marketing suspension of Zelnorm in March 2007.
Treatment INDs are generally used to allow restricted access to medications for patients in need if no comparable alternative drug or therapy is available to treat the disease. Patients given access through a treatment IND must meet specific FDA-approved criteria for enrollment.
Through the program, appropriate female patients with IBS-C or CIC who are assessed by their physicians as being in critical need can have access to Zelnorm for relief of the often painful and disruptive symptoms associated with these conditions. The program protocol and consent materials are designed to ensure that patients and physicians are fully informed of the potential risks and benefits of Zelnorm.
To be considered for access to Zelnorm through the treatment IND, patients must have IBS-C or CIC and meet the specific criteria in the treatment IND protocol. To become part of the treatment IND, patients should contact their physicians to inquire about the protocol and evaluate if they meet the criteria. For further details of the program's protocol, physicians can call 866-248-1348 or 888-669-6682 or go to www.zelnorm.com
For patients who do not meet the criteria of the treatment IND but have an urgent need for Zelnorm based on a life-threatening or severely debilitating condition, there may be an alternative option available through the FDA. Physicians may inquire about this potential access option by contacting Novartis at (888-NOW-NOVA) or the FDA CDER Division of Drug Information at 301-827-4570 or www.fda.gov/cder
Novartis suspended US marketing and sales of Zelnorm as a result of an FDA request in order to permit further discussion of its benefit/risk profile. This decision was based on a review of a new retrospective analysis of pooled clinical trial data which showed that the incidence of cardiovascular ischemic events was higher in patients taking Zelnorm than in those taking placebo. However, no causal relationship between Zelnorm and cardiovascular ischemic events has been demonstrated.
Novartis has extensively studied Zelnorm and believes that this medicine provides important benefits for appropriate patients. Novartis is in discussions with the FDA to better understand the findings and to determine appropriate next steps.
Not saying that Zelnorm is back on the market but this could be the beginning of its course. Notice how it says Drs and patients have both requested it. If Zelnorm ever does come back Drs will jump back in without a doubt.