Antares Pharma, Inc. (NYSE Amex: AIS) a leader in self injection drug delivery technology today announced that Teva USA has introduced new patient support resources for the Tjet® device and TEV-TROPIN® [somatropin (rDNA origin) for injection]. Antares licensed its novel delivery device to Teva, branded as Tjet® for delivering TEV-TROPIN® brand human growth hormone (hGH) to children who have growth failure due to inadequate secretion of normal endogenous growth hormone.
Teva’s new support resources include a new website specifically tailored for kids, teens, parents, and caregivers to help them learn about the Tjet® reusable device (www.tev-tropin.com/tjet) including an easy-to-follow video cartoon guide on using Tjet® and instructions on how to get Tjet®. As part of its commitment to patient care, Teva offers Tjet® for free and it is available for anyone who is prescribed TEV-TROPIN®.
“We are delighted to offer the Tjet® device which is a less invasive option than needle-based injections,” states Joseph W. Grotzinger, RPh, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing, Biologics & Specialty Products, Teva Pharmaceuticals. “Response to Tjet® is highly positive, with a majority of new patients starting on TEV-TROPIN® choosing Tjet® over alternative administration options.”
“We are pleased that Teva is committing considerable resources to increase the awareness of our novel injection device and is making it widely available for children who require hGH,” stated Robert F. Apple, CFO and President, Parenteral Products Division, Antares Pharma. “Antares is committed to making injectable medicines easier and more comfortable for patients to administer. In addition to Tjet®, Antares has developed Auto-injector and Pen platforms designed to accommodate the increasing use of injectable medicines in the home setting. The breadth of our injector platforms positions Antares to better meet patient needs in a range of specific disease/product applications.”
Through partnerships with Teva and others, Antares’ novel injection device is used for administering hGH across Europe, Asia, and the USA.
Tjet® and TEV-TROPIN® are registered trademarks of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA.
About Growth Hormone Deficiency
GHD is a disorder where the body produces an insufficient amount of growth hormone or none at all. Without enough growth hormone, a child may not be able to grow at an expected rate or reach his or her anticipated adult height.
About Antares Pharma
Antares Pharma focuses on self-injection delivery technologies and topical gel-based pharmaceutical products. The Company’s subcutaneous and intramuscular injection technology platforms include VibexTM disposable pressure-assisted auto injectors, ValeoTM/Vision® reusable needle-free injectors, and disposable multi-use pen injectors. In the injector area, Antares Pharma has a multi-product deal with Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, Ltd that includes TEV-TROPIN® human growth hormone and a partnership with Ferring Pharmaceuticals. In the gel-based area, the Company’s lead product candidate, Anturol®, an oxybutynin ATD™ gel for the treatment of OAB (overactive bladder), is currently under evaluation in a pivotal Phase 3 trial. Antares also has a partnership with BioSante that includes LibiGel® (transdermal testosterone gel) in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of female sexual dysfunction (FSD), and Elestrin™ (estradiol gel) indicated for the treatment of moderate-to-severe vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause, and currently marketed in the U.S. Antares Pharma has corporate headquarters in Ewing, New Jersey, with subsidiaries performing research, development and product commercialization activities in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Muttenz, Switzerland.
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