Date: 25-Oct-2019

US FDA approves Eton Pharma's Biorphen injection

Eton Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercialising innovative drug products, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Biorphen, the first and only FDA-approved ready-to-use formulation of phenylephrine for the treatment of clinically important hypotension resulting primarily from vasodilation in the setting of anaesthesia. Prior to the FDA approval of Biorphen, phenylephrine injection was only approved and available as a highly concentrated formulation that required hospitals to manually dilute the concentrate prior to administration, or purchase ready-to-use formulations from 503B compounding pharmacies. Compounded drugs do not have to undergo FDA premarket review for safety, effectiveness and certain controls over manufacturing quality. Due to this lower regulatory standard, compounded drugs are often associated with higher risks of medication error.