FDA approves Zontivity tabs
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Zontivity (vorapaxar) tablets, an anti-platelet agent that’s designed to decrease the tendency of platelets to clump together to form a blood clot. Zontivity is the first in a new class of drugs called a protease-activated receptor-1 (PAR-1) antagonist, the agency said.
“In patients who have had a heart attack or who have peripheral arterial disease, this drug will lower the risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death. In the study that supported the drug’s approval, Zontivity lowered this risk from 9.5% to 7.9% over a 3-year period — about 0.5% per year,” said Ellis Unger, M.D., director of the Office of Drug Evaluation I in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
Zontivity, similar to other drugs that inhibit blood clotting, increases the risk of bleeding, which includes life-threatening and fatal bleeding. The drug is not to be used in people who have suffered a stroke, transient ischemic attack or bleeding in the head, as the risk of bleeding in the head is too great.
Zontivity is made by Merck Sharp and Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck of Whitehouse Station, N.J.
Enaltus announces three additions to its ScarAway line
SUWANEE, Ga. — Enaltus recently announced three new additions to its line of ScarAway scar removal products.
First is ScarAway Scar Repair Gel, featuring patented Kelo-cote technology, a transparent, self-drying 100%-silicone gel designed to improve the appearance of scars and prevent abnormal and excessive scar formation. The transparent gel offers convenient application for custom scar prevention and treatment that can begin the moment a wound has healed or sutures are removed. ScarAway Scar Repair Gel retails for a suggested $29.99.
Enaltus also launched ScarAway Silicone Daily Discs, an advanced patented silicone technology in a petite, round format that is perfect for smaller scars, as well as ScarAway Flex Long Sheets using Flexisil, according to the company. ScarAway Flex Long Sheets are designed for longer scars —such as those from C-sections, tummy tucks or other surgeries — as well as injuries and burns. A single sheet offers all-day treatment and flexibility that won’t get in the way of an active lifestyle, the company stated. These SKUs retail for a suggested $24.99 and $29.99, respectively.
PreMama launches powdered prenatal multi
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — PreMama last week announced the launch of a Target-exclusive: PreMama Complete, a prenatal vitamin formulated for women who are pregnant, breast feeding or trying to conceive.
The formula, designed by doctors and product specialists at Target, is a multivitamin powder containing nutrients doctors recommend for fetal and infant health and development. The orange-flavored powder is taken once a day and mixes directly into water. Each single dose of PreMama Complete contains 30-mg of Vitamin B6 to soothe occasional bouts of morning sickness; Ferrochel Gentle Iron to minimize iron-induced constipation; 1,000-mcg of folic acid to reduce the risk of neural tube defects; vitamin B12 to help control fatigue; 65-mg of vegetarian DHA and 200-mg of omega 3 fats.
According to the company, PreMama Complete is 100% vegetarian, non-GMO, and free of common allergens including gluten, eggs, fish, nuts, shellfish, sulfites and tree nuts. The multivitamin powder will be available in a 28-serving box, starting at $30 each box.