HAYWARD, Calif., April 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Impax Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPXL)today announced that EMVERM (mebendazole) 100 mg chewable tablets are now available for healthcare providers to prescribe to patients in the United States. EMVERM is indicated for the treatment of Enterobius vermicularis (pinworm), Trichuris trichiura (whipworm), Ascaris lumbricoides (common roundworm), Ancylostoma duodenale (common hookworm), Necator americanus (American hookworm) in single or mixed infections.
Pinworm is a highly contagious parasite that infects approximately 40 million people in the United States each year.1 Pinworm infection is three times more common than head lice.2 EMVERM offers a 95% cure rate in a single 100 mg dose.3 EMVERM is not for persons who have shown hypersensitivity to the drug.
EMVERM (mebendazole) Important Safety Information
Mebendazole is contraindicated in persons who have shown hypersensitivity to the drug
Warnings: There is no evidence that mebendazole, even at high doses, is effective for hydatid disease. There have been rare reports of neutropenia and agranulocytosis when mebendazole was taken for prolonged periods and at dosages substantially above those recommended.
Precautions: Periodic assessment of organ system functions, including hematopoietic and hepatic, is advisable during prolonged therapy.
Information for Patients:
- Patients should be informed of the potential risk to the fetus in women taking mebendazole during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester (See Pregnancy below).
- Patients should also be informed that cleanliness is important to prevent reinfection and transmission of the infection.
Drug Interactions: Preliminary evidence suggests that cimetidine inhibits mebendazole metabolism and may result in an increase in plasma concentrations of mebendazole.
Pregnancy Category C: Mebendazole has shown embryotoxic and teratogenic activity in pregnant rats at single oral doses as low as 10 mg/kg (approximately equal to the human dose, based on mg/m2). In view of these findings the use of mebendazole is not recommended in pregnant women.
Nursing Mothers: It is not known whether mebendazole is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when mebendazole is administered to a nursing woman.
Pediatric Use: The drug has not been extensively studied in children under two years; therefore, in the treatment of children under two years the relative benefit/risk should be considered.
Gastrointestinal: Transient symptoms of abdominal pain and diarrhea with expulsion of worms in cases of massive infection.
Hypersensitivity: Rash, urticaria and angioedema have been observed on rare occasions.
Central Nervous System: Very rare cases of convulsions have been reported.
Liver: There have been liver function test elevations [AST (SGOT), ALT (SGPT), and GGT] and rare reports of hepatitis when mebendazole was taken for prolonged periods and at dosages substantially above those recommended.
Hematologic: Neutropenia and agranulocytosis. (See WARNINGS above).
Overdosage: In the event of accidental overdosage, gastrointestinal complaints lasting up to a few hours may occur. Vomiting and purging should be induced. Activated charcoal may be given.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088. To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS contact Impax Laboratories, Inc. at 1-877-994-6729.
For full Prescribing Information see http://documents.impaxlabs.com/emverm/pi.pdf.
About Impax Laboratories, Inc.
Impax Laboratories, Inc. (Impax) is a specialty pharmaceutical company applying its formulation expertise and drug delivery technology to the development of controlled-release and specialty generics in addition to the development of central nervous system disorder branded products. Impax markets its generic products through its Impax Generics division and markets its branded products through the Impax Specialty Pharma division. Additionally, where strategically appropriate, Impax develops marketing partnerships to fully leverage its technology platform and pursues partnership opportunities that offer alternative dosage form technologies, such as injectables, nasal sprays, inhalers, patches, creams and ointments. For more information, please visit the Company's Web site at: www.impaxlabs.com.
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- Epidemiology & risk factors. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/epi.html. Updated September 24, 2013. Accessed November 17, 2015.
- EMVERM Prescribing Information: p2/3/Table
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