Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (Hikma), the multinational pharmaceutical company, was launched of KLOXXADO™ (naloxone HCl) nasal spray 8mg in the US.
KLOXXADO™ was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2021 for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, as manifested by respiratory and/or central nervous system depression, for adult and pediatric patients.
KLOXXADO™ contains twice as much naloxone per spray as Narcan® Nasal Spray 4mg in a ready-to-use nasal spray to reverse the effects of opioid overdose, providing an important new treatment option in addressing the opioid epidemic.
"Last year, fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing prevalence of illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids, the number of Americans who died from a drug overdose rose by nearly 30% to more than 93,000, with approximately 75% of those deaths involving opioids,1" said Desiree Crevecoeur-MacPhail, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Chapman University and former Director of Quality Assurance and Utilization Management for the Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse. "There is an urgent need for additional resources to combat this epidemic, and KLOXXADO™ will provide an important new tool for those on the front lines of this fight."
"Naloxone has long been recognized as an important, safe and effective treatment in the fight against opioid overdose,2 but with the increasing prevalence of illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids, organizations including the CDC,3 the American Medical Association4 and others have noted that a higher dose of naloxone may be required to revive a patient due to their high potency," said Daniel Buffington, PharmD, MBA, FAPhA, a clinical pharmacology specialist, President and Practice Director at Clinical Pharmacology Service and faculty member at the University of South Florida Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. "As a ready-to-use nasal spray that contains twice as much naloxone per spray than the current standard of care, KLOXXADO™ provides an important new treatment for those suffering from an opioid overdose."
In a survey of community organizations to which Narcan® (naloxone HCl) nasal spray 4mg had been distributed, 34% of attempted reversals used two or more doses.5 Additionally, a separate study published in 2019 found that the percent of overdose-related EMS calls in the US requiring multiple doses of naloxone during 2013-2016 had increased to 21%, representing a 43% increase over those four years.6
"We are committed to ensuring KLOXXADO™ is widely accessible to all who can benefit from it, including patients, friends, family members and the public health community," said Brian Hoffmann, President, Hikma Generics. "As an experienced provider of addiction therapy treatments and a leading producer of nasal sprays in the US, we are pleased to leverage our capabilities to deliver an important new tool in the fight against opioid overdose."
Naloxone hydrochloride is an opioid antagonist that antagonises opioid effects by competing for the same receptor sites. Administration of naloxone hydrochloride reverses the effects of opioids, including respiratory depression, sedation and hypotension. Naloxone has a long history of safe use as the standard of care for reversing opioid overdoses.7
KLOXXADO™ is indicated for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, as manifested by respiratory and/or central nervous system depression, for adult and pediatric patients. KLOXXADO™ is not a substitute for emergency medical care. KLOXXADO™ is intended for immediate administration as emergency therapy in settings where opioids may be present.
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