The US FDA has approved Mayne Pharma’s New Drug Application for Tolsura, a new formulation of itraconazole indicated for the treatment of certain systemic fungal infections in adult patients.
Tolsura is indicated for the treatment of blastomycosis (pulmonary and extrapulmonary), histoplasmosis (including chronic cavitary pulmonary disease and disseminated, non-meningeal histoplasmosis) and aspergillosis (pulmonary and extrapulmonary, in patients who are intolerant of or who are refractory to amphotericin B therapy).
These serious infections most commonly occur in vulnerable or immunocompromised patients, for example, those with a history of cancer, transplants (solid organ or bone marrow), HIV/AIDS, or chronic rheumatic disorders, and are often associated with high mortality rates or long-term health issues.
Scott Richards, CEO of Austrian-based Mayne Pharma, said: “We are very pleased to have received FDA approval of this patented formulation of itraconazole which incorporates Mayne Pharma’s proprietary SUBA technology to improve the bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs.
“Reformulation of existing drugs plays an important role in improving patient compliance and clinical outcomes. We are proud to offer a new treatment option for patients with these life-threatening infections.
“We believe physicians will appreciate having access to Tolsura, which has been shown in clinical studies to have increased bioavailability and significantly reduced variability when compared to conventional oral itraconazole capsules.”
“After many years of research and development and working closely with key global opinion leaders in infectious disease management, Tolsura represents a major milestone in the SUBA (SUper-BioAvailable) drug delivery platform at Mayne Pharma.”
The Company will directly commercialise Tolsura and plans to launch in January 2019 with a new institutional sales team focused primarily on hospital-based infectious disease specialists.