FDA Approves Forfivo XL
IntelGenx Announces FDA Approval of its High Dose Anti-Depressant Forfivo XL
Saint Laurent, Quebec--(November 11, 2011) - IntelGenx Corp. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Forfivo XL, for patients with Major Depressive Disorder. Forfivo XL is a novel, high-strength formulation of bupropion hydrochloride (HCl), the active ingredient in Wellbutrin XL. Forfivo XL is the only single dose 450 mg formulation of bupropion HCl approved by the FDA.
"This is a defining moment for IntelGenx, as we have now clearly demonstrated our ability to independently take a product through development to regulatory approval," said Dr. Horst G. Zerbe, President and Chief Executive Officer of IntelGenx. "We believe physicians will embrace Forfivo XL as a more convenient and safe alternative for their patients requiring high-dose anti-depressant therapy. So we now turn our focus towards the commercialization of Forfivo XL, with the objective of a product launch with a partner by the second quarter of 2012."
IntelGenx has been in active licensing discussions with several leading generic and specialty pharmaceutical companies and anticipates finalizing a commercialization agreement soon. As previously announced, the company has entered into an agreement with Pillar5 Pharma Inc. for the commercial manufacturing of the product.
IntelGenx is a drug delivery company focused on the development of oral controlled-release products as well as novel rapidly disintegrating delivery systems. IntelGenx uses its unique multiple layer delivery system to provide zero-order release of active drugs in the gastrointestinal tract. IntelGenx has also developed novel delivery technologies for the rapid delivery of pharmaceutically active substances in the oral cavity based on its experience with rapidly disintegrating films. IntelGenx' research and development pipeline includes products for the treatment of severe depression, hypertension, erectile dysfunction, benign prostatic hyperplasia, migraine, insomnia, bipolar disorder, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, allergies and pain management. More information is available about the company at www.intelgenx.com.
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IntelGenx Technologies Corp.
Dr. Horst G. Zerbe
President and CEO
Tel: +1514-331-7440(ext. 201)
Fax: +1 514-331-0436
Posted: November 2011