Dublin, Ireland and Somerset, N.J. – Perrigo Company plc (NYSE; TASE: PRGO) and its partner, Catalent Pharma Solutions, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Perrigo’s abbreviated new drug application for generic albuterol sulfate inhalation aerosol, the first AB-rated generic version of ProAir® HFA*. Perrigo is launching a limited quantity of generic albuterol sulfate inhalation aerosol and, in collaboration with its development and manufacturing partner Catalent, is ramping up production to meet future demand.
Generic albuterol sulfate inhalation aerosol is indicated in patients 4 years of age and older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm. ProAir® HFA gross sales for the previous 12 months were approximately $1.4 billion, as measured by IQVIA.
Perrigo Executive Vice President and President, Rx Pharmaceuticals, Sharon Kochan stated, “Achieving FDA approval of this complex generic product was the outcome of an industry-leading collaboration in product development and regulatory expertise between Perrigo and Catalent that spanned over a decade. We are immediately launching with limited commercial quantities and anticipate that we will be in a position to provide a steady supply of this product by the fourth quarter of 2020. This approval and first-to-market generic launch is another vivid example of our team’s commitment and ability to bring new specialized products to market that lower costs for consumers and payors.”
“This is a significant technical achievement for both parties, as it is the first generic Metered-Dose Inhaler to be approved by the FDA in over twenty years,” commented Jonathan Arnold, President, Oral and Specialty Delivery at Catalent. “The approval also highlights Catalent’s commercial manufacturing capability and complements the extensive product development and clinical-scale production capabilities at our North Carolina facility for Metered-Dose and Dry Powder Inhalers, and unit/bi-dose nasal drug-device combination products.”
*ProAir® HFA is a registered trademark of Teva Respiratory, LLC.
Catalent is the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies, development, and manufacturing solutions for drugs, biologics, cell and gene therapies, and consumer health products. With over 85 years serving the industry, Catalent has proven expertise in bringing more customer products to market faster, enhancing product performance and ensuring reliable global clinical and commercial product supply. Catalent employs over 13,000 people, including approximately 2,400 scientists and technicians, at more than 35 facilities, and in fiscal year 2019 generated over $2.5 billion in annual revenue. Catalent is headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.catalent.com. More products. Better treatments. Reliably supplied.™
Perrigo Forward-Looking Statement Notice
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Catalent Forward-Looking Statement Notice
Statements concerning launch and future manufacturing and sales plans contained in this release are forward-looking statements. They involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results or performance to be different from those expressed or implied in this release. Catalent has based its forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections, which it believes to be reasonable, but various factors, including factors beyond Catalent’s control, may affect future results or performance. Among the factors that may affect these forward-looking statements are: customer acceptance of the product and competing products, competitor responses to the launch of this product, changes to the overall economic climate in the United States or among potential purchasers of the product, changes to the healthcare reimbursement system in the United States, competing initiatives at Catalent or Perrigo, supply chain risks relating to the product, fluctuations in currency exchange rates that affect Catalent’s ability to source the materials needed for the product, or potential third-party claims or litigation related to the product. These and other important factors, including those discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Catalent, Inc. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2019, may affect future results or performance. Catalent makes the statements in this release only as of the date of this release, and Catalent disclaims any duty, except as required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statement, regardless of the circumstances.
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