MORRISTOWN, N.J., July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Watson
Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI), a leading specialty pharmaceutical company,
announced today that it has resumed shipments to reintroduce its intravenous
iron replacement therapy INFeD (iron dextran injection,USP). The product,
which had been out of stock due to changes in the final product manufacturing
site and issues with raw material supply, is re-entering the market earlier
than expected. Watson expects to be in a normal supply situation for INFeD
INFeD(R) is an iron dextran injection indicated for the treatment of
patients with documented iron deficiency anemia in whom oral administration is
unsatisfactory or impossible. INFeD was approved, and has been available for
clinical use in the U.S since 1992.
Important Safety Information
The parenteral use of complexes of iron and carbohydrates has resulted in
anaphylactic-type reactions. Deaths associated with such administration have
been reported. Therefore, INFeD should be used only in those patients in whom
the indications have been clearly established and laboratory investigations
confirm an iron-deficient state not amenable to oral iron therapy. Because
fatal anaphylactic reactions have been reported after administration of iron
dextran injection, the drug should be given only when resuscitation techniques
and treatment of anaphylactic and anaphylactoid shock are readily available.
Test dose is required.
INFeD should be used with caution in individuals with histories of
significant allergies and/or asthma, and is contraindicated in patients with
hypersensitivity to the product and patients with all anemias not associated
with iron deficiency. Allergic reactions may potentially still occur in
patients who have previously tolerated test or therapeutic doses of INFeD, so
administration of subsequent test doses during therapy should be considered.
INFeD should be used with extreme care in patients with serious impairment of
liver function, and should not be used during the acute phase of infectious
kidney disease. Unwarranted therapy with parenteral iron will cause excess
storage of iron with the consequent possibility of exogenous hemosiderosis,
which is particularly apt to occur in patients with hemoglobinpathies and
other refractory anemias.
About Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global leader in the development and
distribution of pharmaceuticals with a broad portfolio of generic products and
a specialized portfolio of brand pharmaceuticals focused on Urology, Women's
Health and Nephrology/Medical.
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