FDA Approves Clenpiq Oral Solution for Colonoscopy Prep

From Drugs.com - November 29, 2017

FDA Approves Clenpiq

FDA Approves Clenpiq (sodium picosulfate, magnesium oxide, and anhydrous citric acid) Oral Solution for Colonoscopy Prep

Parsippany, NJNovember 29, 2017The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. approval to market Clenpiq (sodium picosulfate, magnesium oxide, and anhydrous citric acid) oral solution for cleansing of the colon in adults undergoing a colonoscopy. With availability planned in Q1 2018, Clenpiq will be the only FDA-approved prescription colonoscopy prep that comes ready-to-drink.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.1 Colonoscopies can help reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer and deaths associated with this disease.2,3,4

"Successful bowel prep is critical for gastroenterologists to clearly see the inside of the colon during a colonoscopy. The sheer volume of a prescribed bowel prep solution can be a barrier for some patients to adequately complete their prep regimen, leading to suboptimal visualization of the colon," said Dr. Edward Brettholz, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine. "Having a ready-to-drink, low volume colonoscopy prep in a pre-mixed oral solution is an excellent start to prepare patients for this important procedure to help detect and prevent colorectal cancer."

We are delighted to add Clenpiq to our gastroenterology portfolio, said Paul Navarre, CEO, Ferring Holding Inc. We expect that a ready-to-drink bowel preparation will aid physicians in their efforts to encourage colonoscopies among a patient population for whom various public health initiatives have called for increased screening.

About Clenpiq

Clenpiq is a ready-to-drink cranberry-flavored, dual-acting, combination of sodium picosulfate, a stimulant laxative, and magnesium oxide and anhydrous citric acid, which forms magnesium citrate, an osmotic laxative indicated for cleansing of the colon as a preparation for colonoscopy in adults.5

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