SAINT LAURENT, Quebec, Sept. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — IntelGenx Corp. (TSX V:IGX)(OTCQB:IGXT) (the “Company” or “IntelGenx”) today announced that Exeltis Healthcare S.L. (“Exeltis”), its commercialization partner in the European Union (“EU”) for RIZAPORT®, a unique for the treatment of acute migraines, has launched the product in Spain.
RIZAPORT® is a proprietary oral thin film formulation of rizatriptan benzoate, a 5-HT1 receptor agonist and the active drug in Merck & Co.’s Maxalt®. Rizatriptan is considered to be one of the most effective oral triptans, a class of molecules that constricts blood vessels in the brain to relieve swelling and other migraine symptoms.1 RIZAPORT® is based on IntelGenx’s proprietary VersaFilm® technology. It dissolves rapidly and releases its active ingredient in the mouth. The administration method of the RIZAPORT® oral soluble film, which does not require the patient to swallow a pill or consume water, along with its neutral flavor, presents a therapeutic alternative for migraine patients, especially for those who suffer from migraine-related nausea, estimated to be approximately 80% of the total migraine patient population, and for patients suffering from dysphagia (difficulty swallowing).1
“This is the first VersaFilm®-based product to launch in the global pharmaceutical market and comes on the heels of IntelGenx’s recent transition to a commercial-stage company,” said Dr. Horst G. Zerbe, CEO of IntelGenx. “The European migraine drug market is large and growing. It was valued at more than US$1 billion in 2019 and is expected to approach US$1.5 billion by 2024.2 We are looking forward to continuing to support Exeltis’ launch of RIZAPORT® in Spain, as well as its plans to bring this therapy to migraine patients in additional EU countries in the future.”
“We are excited to bring this innovative and easy-to-administer treatment to migraine patients in Spain,” said Alberto Fabregas, Managing Director of Exeltis Healthcare. “We are also looking forward to continued collaboration with IntelGenx, and to launching RIZAPORT® in additional markets.”
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2 Lipton RB, Buse DC, Saiers J, Fanning KM, Serrano D, Reed ML. (2013) Frequency and burden of headache-related nausea: results from the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention (AMPP) study, Headache. 2013 Jan;53(1):93-103.
3 Market Data Forecast. “Europe Migraine Drug Market Industry Report 2019-2024. Market Data Forecast, 18 Aug. 2020, www.marketdataforecast.com/market-reports/europe-migraine-drug-Market.
About Exeltis Healthcare S.L.
Exeltis is a fast-growing division of the integrated health sciences group Insud Pharma. With a global footprint spanning over 40 countries, Exeltis has a team of more than 4,000 professionals supported by a global manufacturing network. It boasts a leadership position in the Women’s Health segment, offering an extensive portfolio of products to respond to women’s needs in the areas of fertility, reproductive health, contraception, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. In WHC, Exeltis’ overarching goal is to support and care for women throughout every stage of life. In recent years, Exeltis has also diversified into Central Nervous System (CNS) as a core area of growth. Some indications, as migraine, are prioritized due to its synergy with WHC.
IntelGenx is a leading drug delivery company focused on the development and manufacturing of pharmaceutical films.
IntelGenx’s superior film technologies, including VersaFilm®, DisinteQ™, VetaFilm™ and transdermal VevaDerm™, allow for next generation pharmaceutical products that address unmet medical needs. IntelGenx’s innovative product pipeline offers significant benefits to patients and physicians for many therapeutic conditions.
IntelGenx’s highly skilled team provides comprehensive pharmaceuticals services to pharmaceutical partners, including R&D, analytical method development, clinical monitoring, IP and regulatory services. IntelGenx’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility offers full service by providing lab-scale to pilot- and commercial-scale production. For more information, visit www.intelgenx.com.
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