FLINT, Mich., March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), will fill prescriptions for XERMELO™ (telotristat ethyl), the first oral therapy for adults whose carcinoid syndrome diarrhea is inadequately controlled by somatostatin analog (SSA) therapy.
XERMELO™ was recently approved with orphan status by the Food and Drug Administration.
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"XERMELO™ is a promising new treatment option," said Paul Urick, Diplomat's president. "Carcinoid syndrome is life-altering to those who suffer from it, and now we are able to help them. XERMELO™ will help us deliver the personal support we promise patients and make a real impact on their treatment."
Carcinoid syndrome occurs when metastatic carcinoid tumors overproduce certain chemicals such as serotonin. XERMELO™ targets tryptophan hydroxylase, an enzyme responsible for excess serotonin production. XERMELO™ works within tumorous cells to reduce serotonin production, providing more control for patients over the disease.
Symptoms of carcinoid syndrome (such as facial flushing, abdominal pain, heart valve damage, and frequent diarrhea) often prevent patients from leading active, plannable lives. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, about 12,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with a carcinoid tumor each year.
XERMELO™ is manufactured by Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. For full prescribing information, click here.
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