Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New & Improved Pancreatic Enzymes

Although pancreatic enzyme therapies have been around for decades, they are now undergoing a more rigorous review to help ensure that people with cystic fibrosis receive only the best, most effective and safest enzyme treatments.

In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required that all pancreatic enzyme replacement therapies currently on the market be reformulated and undergo clinical testing in order to receive FDA approval.

More than 90 percent of people with cystic fibrosis take pancreatic enzyme replacements to help the body absorb essential vitamins and nutrients. In CF, thick, sticky mucus builds up in the pancreas, preventing the release of important enzymes that aid in digestion. This build-up can lead to malnutrition. Pancreatic enzymes combat this problem.

The first pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy to be evaluated and approved under this new mandate was CREON® by Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. CREON received approval in May of 2009.

In September 2009,
Eurand N.V. announced that the FDA approved its enzyme product, ZENPEP™ — the second enzyme therapy to be granted FDA approval.

In addition, Alnara Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is completing a Phase 3 long-term safety study of an enzyme called liprotamase. Following completion of the study, Alnara will carry out clinical and regulatory activities needed for FDA approval.

Other companies completing clinical trials for pancreatic enzyme products include Axcan Scandipharm (Ultrase® ), Digestive Care, Inc./DCI (PANCRECARB® ) and McNeil (Pancrease MT).

FDA review is an important step to ensure that people with CF are getting the maximum benefit from their pancreatic enzymes.”

Because there is a connection between better lung function and higher body weight, pancreatic enzymes are a vital part of CF care. It is important for people with CF to take pancreatic enzymes with all meals and snacks.

You can click on any of the links above for more information on a specific enzyme, or pharmaceutical company!


Genevieve said...

I loved browsing your blog! God Bless you!

Jamie said...

I like this post, so informative :) I switched from Pancrease MT (which I took my entire life) to the CREAN 2400 just about 6 months ago. I have noticed improvement in my absorption along with consistency of the medication :) So this FDA regulation is beneficial~

Katie said...

Your blog is so inspirational. It is amazing how wonderful and glorious God is! I am thinking about you and your family!