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FDA approves Probuphine (buprenorphine)implant to treat opioid dependence.- Titian Pharma

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Last updated:28th May 2016
Published:28th May 2016
Source: Pharmawand

Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that the FDA has approved Probuphine (buprenorphine) implant, the first product for the long-term maintenance treatment of opioid dependence in clinically stable patients on 8 mg or less a day of oral buprenorphine. The Probuphine subdermal implant, which utilizes Titan's proprietary ProNeura technology, delivers buprenorphine continuously for up to six months. The product is expected to be commercially available this summer and is recommended for use as part of a complete treatment program including counseling and psychosocial support. Buprenorphine is the most commonly prescribed medication for the treatment of opioid dependence. Until today, it has only been available in daily dosed sublingual (oral) formulations. Probuphine offers the potential to address issues associated with oral buprenorphine such as poor compliance, misuse, diversion and accidental pediatric exposure. Each Probuphine implant contains 80 mg of buprenorphine hydrochloride. Four flexible Probuphine implants, each about the size of a small matchstick, are inserted by a certified healthcare provider just under the skin of the inside of the patient's upper arm through a simple in-office procedure and are removed in a similar manner at the end of treatment.

Comment:Until today, buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid dependence was only approved as a pill or a film placed under the tongue or on the inside of a person�s cheek until it dissolved. While effective, a pill or film may be lost, forgotten or stolen. However, as an implant, Probuphine provides a new treatment option for people in recovery who may value the unique benefits of a six-month implant compared to other forms of buprenorphine, such as the possibility of improved patient convenience from not needing to take medication on a daily basis.

Comment: Braeburn Pharma has a licence to exclusive commercialization rights in the United States and Canada.

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