LEAWOOD, Kan., May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETX), a pet therapeutics company focused on the licensing, development and commercialization of innovative biopharmaceutical products for companion animals, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) approved Entyce for appetite stimulation in dogs. Aratana intends to commercially launch Entyce in conjunction with the North American Veterinary Conference in February 2017.
Entyce, a ghrelin receptor agonist, is a new chemical entity and is a first-of-its-kind therapeutic to treat inappetence in dogs. The therapeutic is a flavored, oral liquid prescription product that works by mimicking ghrelin, the hunger hormone, to stimulate appetite.
"Nearly 10 million dogs are diagnosed with inappetence each year and we believe Entyce will fulfill a significant unmet need to stimulate appetite in dogs," explains Steven St. Peter, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Aratana Therapeutics. "Entyce is our second new chemical entity FDA-approved in 2016 and highlights our continued focus on bringing innovative products to veterinarians."
Entyce has been shown to be effective in improving the appetite of dogs compared to placebo and is well-tolerated. Aratana's Jessica Wofford, DVM, PhD plans to present Entyce pivotal efficacy and safety data at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) forum in Denver on Friday, June 10, 2016 at a continuing education session from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Presentation slides will be made available in the Aratana Investor Room.
Important Safety Information
ENTYCE® (capromorelin oral solution) is for use in dogs only. Do not use in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs. Use with caution in dogs with hepatic dysfunction or renal insufficiency. Adverse reactions in dogs may include diarrhea, vomiting, polydipsia, and hypersalivation. Should not be used in dogs that have a hypersensitivity to capromorelin. Please see the full Prescribing Information.
About Aratana Therapeutics
Aratana Therapeutics is a pet therapeutics company focused on licensing, developing and commercializing innovative pharmaceutical products for dogs and cats. Aratana believes that it can leverage the investment in the human pharmaceutical industry to bring therapeutics to pets in a capital and time efficient manner. The Company has multiple products approved by the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine or licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture. The Company's pipeline includes therapeutic candidates targeting pain, inappetence, cancer, viral diseases, allergy and other serious, unmet or underserved medical needs. Aratana believes providing innovative options to veterinarians and pet owners will help manage pets' medical needs safely and effectively, resulting in longer and improved quality of life for pets. For more information, please visit www.aratana.com.
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