MISSISSAUGA, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nuvo Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX:MRV; OTCQX:MRVFF) d/b/a Miravo Healthcare (Miravo or the Company), a Canadian-focused healthcare company with global reach and a diversified portfolio of commercial products, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Aralez Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. has launched Blexten for pediatric use in patients 4 years of age and older*.
“Our sales force is excited to present our new Blexten formulations to the healthcare community. Blexten pediatric was approved by Health Canada in mid August 2021. The recent Canadian launch of the two new formats of Blexten, 10mg tablet and 2.5mg/mL oral solution for pediatric use, in addition to our existing 20mg tablet format available for patients 12 years of age and older, provides a single prescription antihistamine option for most Canadian allergy and urticaria patients,” said Jesse Ledger, Miravo’s President & Chief Executive Officer.
“The introduction of Blexten pediatric with two new formats, orodispersible tablet (quick melt) and oral solution, gives us new prescription antihistamine options for allergy symptom control in children.”
Timothy Vander Leek, MD, FRCPC
Allergist & Clinical Immunologist
Department of Pediatrics at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, University of Alberta
“A new prescription strength antihistamine for children 4 years of age and over* is a welcome addition to our treatment options for the hives and itching of chronic spontaneous urticaria.”
Jaggi Rao, MD, FRCPC (Dermatology)
Dermatologist and Clinical Professor, University of Alberta
Blexten is a second-generation antihistamine drug for the symptomatic relief of allergic rhinitis and chronic spontaneous urticaria. Blexten exerts its effect through its highly selective inhibition of peripheral histamine H1 receptors and has an efficacy comparable to cetirizine and desloratadine. In comparative studies, Blexten demonstrated somnolence rates similar to placebo representing a potentially non-sedating effect at therapeutic doses. It was developed in Spain by Faes Farma, SA (Faes). Bilastine, (the active ingredient in Blexten), is approved in Canada and over 121 countries worldwide, including Japan and most European countries. In 2014, Miravo entered into an exclusive license and supply agreement with Faes for the exclusive right to sell bilastine in Canada, which is sold under the brand name Blexten. The exclusive license is inclusive of prescription and non-prescription rights for Blexten, as well as adult and pediatric presentations in Canada.
*Blexten (bilastine) is indicated for the symptomatic relief of nasal and non-nasal symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis and chronic spontaneous urticaria (eg pruritus and hives) in patients 4 years of age and older with a body weight of at least 16 kg.
About Miravo Healthcare
Miravo is a Canadian-focused, healthcare company with global reach and a diversified portfolio of commercial products. The Company’s products target several therapeutic areas, including pain, allergy, neurology and dermatology. The Company’s strategy is to in-license and acquire growth-oriented, complementary products for Canadian and international markets. Miravo’s head office is located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, the international operations are located in Dublin, Ireland and the Company’s manufacturing facility is located in Varennes, Quebec, Canada. The Varennes facility operates in a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) environment respecting the US, Canada and EU GMP regulations and is regularly inspected by Health Canada and the US Food and Drug Administration. For additional information, please visit www.miravohealthcare.com.
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