Zalicus Inc (ZLCVS) Monday announced that the U.S Food and Drug Administration, or the FDA, has granted its approval for the supplemental new drug application filed by Mallinckrodt Inc., a subsidiary of Covidien plc, for the 32 mg dose strength of EXALGO Extended-Release Tablets, for the management of moderate to severe pain in opioid-tolerant patients requiring continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesia for an extended period of time.
The biopharmaceutical company stated that the rights to EXALGO were acquired by Mallinckrodt LLC, the pharmaceuticals business of Covidien plc, in June 2009 for $15 million in upfront payments, additional development funding of up to $16 million and a $40 million FDA approval milestone payment. Zalicus receives tiered royalties on net sales of EXALGO by Mallinckrodt.
"More than one hundred million Americans1 suffer from debilitating chronic pain that negatively impacts their quality of life; including their ability to work, attend school and care for their families," commented Mark H.N. Corrigan, MD, President and CEO of Zalicus. "By providing a variety of tablet strengths of EXALGO, physicians and patients can work together to develop and tailor a treatment regimen that optimally controls their pain."
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