BEDFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Anika Therapeutics, Inc., (NASDAQ: ANIK), a global, integrated orthopedics medicines company specializing in therapeutics based on its proprietary hyaluronic acid (“HA”) technology, today announced the commercial launch of CINGAL®, its third-generation viscosupplement, in the European Union. CINGAL, which will be initially available in Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, and Italy, received CE Mark approval in March 2016 to treat pain associated with osteoarthritis. CINGAL will be marketed and sold in Europe by a network of experienced commercial partners under the terms of their respective commercialization agreements.
“The launch of CINGAL in Europe marks an important milestone in our global expansion, which is a key part of our overall growth strategy. It strengthens our footprint in the European Union, and allows us access to additional international viscosupplementation markets,” said Charles H. Sherwood, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer. “For the millions of Europeans living with osteoarthritis pain, CINGAL offers a safe, non-opioid, long-term pain management option that can help restore day-to-day function and preserve normal quality of life.”
CINGAL is the first and only viscosupplement approved for use in the European Union that combines triamcinolone hexacetonide, a well-established, FDA-approved steroid to treat inflammation, with sodium hyaluronate, the active “cushioning” ingredient in the Company’s best-selling viscosupplements, ORTHOVISC® and MONOVISC®. Viscosupplements are injected by a licensed medical professional into synovial joints to replenish the natural cushioning within joints that depletes with age and degenerative orthopedic diseases, causing pain. In addition to Europe, CINGAL is available in Canada, and the Company continues to vigorously pursue regulatory approval of the product in the U.S.
“With the global population aging at an unprecedented rate, we are seeing a marked increase in chronic, degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis, that require safe, long-term, non-surgical management,” said Prof. Laszlo Hangody, MD, Ph.D., DSc., Clinical Professor at the Debrecen Medical School and Senior Consultant in the Orthopaedic Department at Uzsoki Hospital, Budapest, Hungary. “CINGAL combines two tried, tested, and proven treatments into a single injection that can provide patients up to six months of pain relief, while avoiding the harsh side effects associated with the daily use of oral pain medications and staving off invasive joint replacement surgery. As the Principle Investigator for the highly successful CINGAL 13-01 clinical trial, I am very pleased that patients across Europe will now have access to CINGAL.”
About Anika Therapeutics, Inc.
Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK) is a global, integrated orthopedics medicines company based in Bedford, Mass. Anika is committed to improving the lives of patients with degenerative orthopedic diseases and traumatic conditions by providing clinically meaningful therapeutic pain management solutions along the continuum of care, from palliative care to regenerative medicine. The Company has over two decades of expertise developing, manufacturing and commercializing more than 20 products, in markets across the globe, based on its proprietary hyaluronic acid (HA) technology. Anika's orthopedic medicine portfolio is comprised of marketed (ORTHOVISC® and MONOVISC®) and pipeline (CINGAL® and HYALOFAST® in the U.S.) products to alleviate pain and restore joint function by replenishing depleted HA and aiding cartilage repair and regeneration. For more information about Anika, please visit http://www.anikatherapeutics.com.
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