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Hospira’s oncology drug approved by FDA

Hospira gains approval from the FDA for new oncology drug, gemcitabine injection

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new oncology drug by Hospira.

The approval was for gemcitabine injection, a solution form of the drug. The company says that this solution form reduces preparation time and gives the medical community “access to a lower-cost, more convenient offering” of the oncology drug. 

Hospira is hoping to launch the product by early September, and will be the first company to offer gemcitabine in a solution formulation for the US market. 

The concentration of the solution is the same as the reconstituted strength of the currently available “freeze-dried” form, but will eliminate the need for reconstitution, thus improving work flow, according to the company.

Hospira hopes that it will also improve pharmacist convenience and handling safety. 

8th August 2011

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