SIGMA-TAU PHARMACEUTICALS LAUNCHES CYSTARAN™FOR THE TREATMENT OF CORNEAL CYSTINE CRYSTAL ACCUMULATION
GAITHERSBURG, MD, May 1, 2013—Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Sigma-Tau), a part of the Sigma-Tau Group Rare Disease Franchise, announced today the availability of CYSTARAN™ (cysteamine ophthalmic solution) 0.44%, the first and only FDA-approved therapy for the treatment of corneal cystine crystal accumulation in patients with cystinosis. Sigma-Tau developed CYSTARAN in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and in cooperation with the Cystinosis Foundation, the Cystinosis Research Foundation, and the Cystinosis Research Network. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved CYSTARAN in October 2012, and the product has also been granted Orphan Drug status.
In connection with its product launch, Sigma-Tau has established the CYSTARAN Hotline which is administered by Accredo Specialty Pharmacy and staffed by pharmacists, registered nurses and specialists who are trained to coordinate the delivery of CYSTARAN directly to patients, provide reimbursement support, and offer pharmacy services. Patient assistance programs for CYSTARAN are also available, including co-pay assistance for eligible patients and access to CYSTARAN therapy for uninsured or under-insured patients. Patients, caregivers and physicians in the United States and Puerto Rico can access the CYSTARAN Hotline at 1-800-440-0473, or by visiting the Accredo website, www.Accredo.com.
“The CYSTARAN launch marks an important milestone for Sigma-Tau and further demonstrates our proven ability to develop and deliver novel therapies for patients suffering from a wide range of rare diseases,” noted Dave Lemus, Chief Executive Officer of Sigma-Tau. “Sigma-Tau is committed to ensuring comprehensive access for all cystinosis patients with corneal crystal accumulation, and we feel especially privileged to be able to offer this critical new therapy which will make a positive impact on these patients’ daily lives.”
“For the hundreds of children and adults in the United States who suffer from corneal cystine crystal accumulation as a result of cystinosis, the commercial availability of CYSTARAN provides access to a critically needed therapy,” commented Craig B. Langman, MD, the Isaac A. Abt, MD Professor of Kidney Diseases and Head of Kidney Diseases at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University. “We need to make sure that physicians and patients managing cystinosis understand the risk of eye complications and are aware of the availability of an FDA-approved therapy with documented safety and effectiveness.”
CYSTARAN is available as a sterile ophthalmic solution containing 6.5 mg/mL of cysteamine hydrochloride equivalent to 4.4 mg/mL of cysteamine (0.44%). For full prescribing information for CYSTARAN, see www.cystaran.com
Safety: The most frequently reported ocular adverse reactions occurring in ≥10% of patients were sensitivity to light, redness, eye pain/irritation, headache, and visual field defects.