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New Drug Approvals Archive - February 2008

See also: New Indications and Dosage Forms for February 2008

February 2008

Simcor (niacin ER and simvastatin) Tablets

Date of Approval: February 15, 2008
Company: Abbott
Treatment for: Hyperlipidemia

Marketing Status: Discontinued

Simcor (niacin extended-release/simvastatin) is a fixed-dose combination lipid therapy used along with diet to lower levels of total cholesterol, LDL "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides, and to increase HDL "good" cholesterol.

Xyntha (antihemophilic factor (recombinant), plasma/albumin free )

Date of Approval: February 21, 2008
Company: Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Treatment for: Hemophilia A

Xyntha (Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) Plasma/Albumin Free) is a genetically engineered version of factor VIII, a protein essential for the clotting of blood. Xyntha is indicated for the control and prevention of bleeding episodes and for surgical prophylaxis in patients with hemophilia A.

Arcalyst (rilonacept) Injection - formerly Interleukin-1 Trap

Date of Approval: February 27, 2008
Company: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Treatment for: Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes

Arcalyst (rilonacept) is an interleukin-1 inhibitor for the long-term treatment of Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS).

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) Extended-Release Tablets

Date of Approval: February 29, 2008
Company: Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
Treatment for: Depression

Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) approved for the treatment for adult patients with major depressive disorder. Pristiq is also currently under review as a treatment for moderate-to-severe vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause.

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