BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMA TECH
Hovione | March 21, 2023
Hovione, the specialist integrated CDMO, leader in spray drying and particle engineering, and Ripple Therapeutics, a leading ophthalmic sustained drug delivery company, have entered a strategic partnership to expand the use of Ripple's Epidel® platform beyond ophthalmic applications.
The core feature of Ripple's Epidel® technology is the ability to deliver sustained-release pharmaceuticals with surface erosion release kinetics without the use of polymers or excipients. This enables higher drug loading, smaller size implants, defined and predictable biocompatible degradation products with straightforward and scalable manufacturing processes. Surface erosion-based drug release provides a highly effective way to control dose and duration. By incorporating Ripple's Epidel® platform into its toolbox, Hovione can expand its portfolio of novel drug delivery solutions to the pharmaceutical industry.
"The combination of technology synergy, innovative vision and cultural fit makes collaborating with Hovione an exciting next step in the advancement of the Epidel® platform beyond the ophthalmic field," stated Dr. Wendy Naimark, Ripple co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. "Hovione's expertise in controlled, sustained drug delivery, along with their experience in chemical synthesis and pharmaceutical manufacturing, makes for a great partnership."
"We are thrilled to partner with Ripple, who developed a state-of-the-art platform for sustained release," says Dr. Jean-Luc Herbeaux, Hovione's CEO. " Our shared goal is to accelerate and broaden the access to this highly innovative and enabling technology for the benefit of our pharmaceutical customers and their patients worldwide."
By extending the use of the Epidel® platform beyond ocular applications, this partnership will enable the development of a diverse range of new products with optimal sustained release profiles.
Hovione is an international company with over 60 years of experience in pharmaceutical development and manufacturing operations. As a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) with a fully integrated offering of services for drug substances, drug product intermediates and drug products. The company has four FDA inspected sites in the USA, Portugal, Ireland and China and development laboratories in Lisbon, Portugal and New Jersey, USA. Hovione provides pharmaceutical customers services for the development and compliant manufacture of innovative drugs, including highly potent compounds, and customized product solutions across the entire drug life cycle. In the inhalation area, Hovione offers a complete range of services, from API, formulation development and devices. Hovione's culture is based on innovation, quality and dependability. Hovione was the first Chemical/ Pharmaceutical Company to become a Certified B Corp, is a member of Rx-360, EFCG and participates actively in industry quality improvement initiatives to lead new global industry standards.
About Ripple Therapeutics
Ripple Therapeutics Corporation is a clinical stage, privately held company that is focused on ophthalmic therapeutics with controllable, sustainable drug delivery. The core feature of Ripple's Epidel™ technology is the ability to engineer sustained-release pharmaceuticals with surface erosion release kinetics without the use of polymers or excipients. Ripple's novel therapeutics provide for better outcomes for patients, easier management of care for physicians and lower costs for payors. Ripple has a full product pipeline in development.
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Harrow | February 16, 2023
On February 15, 2023, Harrow, a renowned pharmaceutical firm specializing in eyecare in the United States, announced the launch of its next-generation, patent-pending compounded Atropine formulations. These formulations are now accessible through ImprimisRx, a mail-order pharmacy subsidiary wholly owned by Harrow.
The following are the key features of ImprimisRx's next-generation Atropine formulations
Thoroughly validated analytical tests are conducted to ensure potency, consistency, and stability.
The formulations are free of preservatives and boric acid.
They possess a physiologic pH of 5.5.
They can be stored at room temperature for up to 180 days.
Eyecare professionals can purchase these compounded Atropine formulations for as less as $39 per 5mL bottle through various channels, such as online via atropine.com or by contacting ImprimisRx Customer Service at 615-437-4690 via call or text.
Compounded formulations are recommended for patients with clinical requirements that are not met by FDA-approved medications. It is essential to note that compounded medications are not reviewed by FDA for their safety and effectiveness. ImprimisRx does not manufacture copies of products that are already available in the market.
Harrow's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mark L. Baum, commented, "Our mission has always been to help our eyecare professionals address their patients' unmet needs and to make ophthalmic medications both accessible and affordable. The availability of these innovative compounded atropine formulations is in keeping with our mission. We believe ophthalmologists, optometrists, and the millions of Americans who may benefit from topical atropine therapy, will appreciate the tremendous value these patent-pending formulations offer."
(Source – Business Wire)
Founded in 2012, Harrow is a leading ophthalmic pharmaceutical firm in the United States focused on discovering, developing, and introducing accessible, innovative, and affordable prescription therapies. It holds commercial rights for ten FDA-approved eyecare pharmaceutical products. In addition, the company also operates ImprimisRx, a leading U.S. compounding business that specializes in ophthalmic medications and is licensed to ship prescription drugs in all 50 states. The success of its efforts is reflected in its remarkable financial performance, with a 72% compound annual growth rate achieved during our first eight years in operation. This phenomenal growth rate has established Harrow as one of the fastest-growing ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies in the United States.
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Avita Care Solutions | January 10, 2023
PMQ Investors, LLC, the parent company of Avita, has acquired Q Care Plus, Inc. This community-focused care management solution offers stigma-free access to care via telehealth, focusing on telePrEP services.
Meanwhile, the terms and conditions of the deal are yet to be revealed.
"Bringing Avita and Q Care Plus together comes at a time when reducing health inequities among underserved populations is more critical than ever," said Avita Chief Executive Officer Michael Yount. He further added, "A multiyear pandemic, partisanship-based politics that limit health care rights, and long-standing stigma, fear, and discrimination against marginalized populations like the LGBTQ+ community have exacerbated existing obstacles to health care and created a host of new ones."
(Source: PR Newswire)
Avita can now broaden its commitment to a community care management strategy that eliminates obstacles for patients and covered entities throughout the care continuum due to its acquisition of Q Care Plus. The company promotes patients' and covered entity partners' capacity to acquire culturally competent LGBTQ+, HIV, PrEP, and sexual wellness care by providing comprehensive access to pharmacy services, 340B program administration, clinical care delivery, and digital health choices.
Avita is transitioning to Avita Care Solutions in light of its recent growth. This brand will encompass Avita Pharmaceutical, the company's pharmacy services section, and AvitaCare Atlanta, its new Atlanta medical and primary care center and pharmacy previously owned by AbsoluteCare. There are no plans to rebrand Q Care Plus' digital health platforms. In 2023, Avita will start selling Q Care Plus under the Avita family of brands.
About Avita Care Solutions
Avita Care Solutions is committed to improving health equity by giving underserved communities comprehensive, caring, and all-inclusive health care and pharmacy services. Its strategy for managing care in the community makes it possible for patients and covered entities to eliminate barriers across the care continuum. Over 145,000 patients and 320+ covered organizations at 65+ locations benefit from Avita's community care management strategy, which includes pharmacy services, program administration, digital health, and clinical care delivery.