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Back To Vidyya New Osteoarthritis Drug Receives FDA Approval

Supartz ® -- Joint Fluid Therapy To Treat Osteoarthritis

Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics has received Food & Drug Administration approval for Supartz, a joint fluid therapy to treat osteoarthritis.

In the United States, an estimated 20 million individuals suffer from osteoarthritis (OA). The US market for joint fluid therapy is the second largest in the world, with an estimated value in excess of $176 million. Based on the success of more than 100 million injections since its introduction in Japan in 1987 and backed by the results of recent clinical studies, Smith & Nephew is confident that Supartz will become the treatment of choice for physicians and OA patients.

Supartz is purified to remove all detectable DNA, protein and endotoxins. As the first sodium hyaluronate injection in the world approved for human use in treating osteoarthritis, Supartz has been the subject of 18 clinical studies involving more than 10,700 patients, including patients of a Japanese post market surveillance. Results worldwide have been superior and statistically significant compared to placebo injections.

Supartz is manufactured by Seikagaku Corporation of Japan, a pioneer in the field of glycoscience, and a leader in the research and development of complex carbohydrates for medicines, pharmaceutical ingredients, reagents, and diagnostics. The product will be co-labeled with both the Smith & Nephew and Seikagaku names.


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