Vice President, Communications
Teva Pharmaceuticals - Americas
Teva Receives FDA Approval for ProAir® HFA (albuterol sulfate) with Dose Counter
NORTH WALES, Pa., March 8, 2012 – Teva Respiratory announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ProAir® HFA with a dose counter for use in patients 4 years of age and older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB). The dose counter is designed to help these patients, as well as their caregivers, keep track of the number of doses remaining in the canister. The new product will be commercially available later in the year.
“Short-Acting Beta-Agonists like ProAir® are an essential component of clinical treatment guidelines for asthma, COPD and EIB,” said Tushar Shah, MD, Senior Vice President, Teva Global Respiratory Research and Development. “The dose counter is designed to help patients, as well as their healthcare providers, keep track of the number of doses remaining in the inhaler. Patients prescribed ProAir® HFA will continue to receive their standard inhaler until we launch this important advancement.”
The approval of the dose counter represents an important milestone in the development of ProAir®, the market leading albuterol inhaler. This product enhancement demonstrates Teva’s commitment to improving patients’ treatment experience.
ProAir® HFA was approved by the FDA in October 2004 for treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease in adults and children 12 years of age and older. In September 2008, the FDA expanded the indication for use in patients as young as age 4.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the large and small airways that causes recurrent episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing.
Without appropriate treatment, asthma symptoms may become more severe and result in an asthma attack, which can lead to hospitalization and even death.1
About ProAir® HFA
ProAir® HFA (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Aerosol is indicated in patients 4 years of age and older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm.
The safety and efficacy of ProAir® HFA was determined through clinical trials comparing it to a marketed active comparator HFA-134a albuterol inhaler and placebo. In clinical trials of adults and children with asthma, ProAir® HFA produced bronchodilator responses greater than those observed with a matched placebo HFA inhalation aerosol and comparable safety and efficacy to the active comparator HFA-134a albuterol inhaler.
Important Safety Information
If your symptoms become significantly worse when you use ProAir® HFA, contact your doctor immediately. This may indicate either a worsening of your asthma or a reaction to the medication, which may rarely occur with the first use of a new canister of ProAir® HFA. Either of these could be life-threatening.
What to tell your doctor before using ProAir® HFA: If you have a heart, blood, or seizure disorder, high blood pressure, diabetes, or an overactive thyroid, be sure to tell your doctor. Also make sure your doctor knows all medications you are taking, especially heart medications and drugs that treat depression, because some medications may interfere with how well your asthma medications work. Do not exceed the recommended dose.
Side effects associated with ProAir® HFA included headache, rapid heartbeat, pain, dizziness, and irritation of the throat and nose.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Teva Respiratory is the U.S.-based respiratory subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is a leading global pharmaceutical company, committed to increasing access to high-quality healthcare by developing, producing and marketing affordable generic drugs as well as innovative and specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's largest generic drug maker, with a global product portfolio of more than 1,300 molecules and a direct presence in about 60 countries. Teva currently employs approximately 46,000 people around the world and reached $18.3 billion in net revenues in 2011.
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 “What is Asthma?” National Heart Lung and Blood Institute May 2006. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/.