You are here
FDA Approves Acetaminophen Overdose Treatment
Acetadote® (acetylcysteine) injection will be used in an emergency room setting to prevent or lessen potential liver damage resulting from an overdose of acetaminophen, the leading cause of drug toxicity in the United States. According to the FDA, more than 56,000 emergency room visits and 100 deaths occur each year due to unintentional overdoses of acetaminophen, a common ingredient in many over-the-counter painkillers.
"We are delighted to be able to bring this life saving new drug to the market," said A.J. Kazimi, chief executive officer of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals. "We believe this FDA approval distinguishes Cumberland among companies in the specialty pharmaceutical industry. We have now demonstrated the capability to both acquire product rights and successfully complete the development of our own products, from conception to approval." Acetadote® is the first injectable treatment for acetaminophen overdose available in the United States. The FDA has granted it orphan drug designation, which allows seven years of marketing exclusivity from the date of approval. Orphan drugs are products used to treat conditions affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans each year. Cumberland is assembling a hospital sales force to promote the product in hospital emergency rooms and poison control centers and expects to have it available for use in the second quarter of 2004.
Source: Cumberland Pharmaceuticals