London, Wednesday 14 September 2016, 07:00 BST. Norgine B.V. today announced that it has launched MUGARD®, a medical device for the prevention and management of the signs and symptoms of oral mucositis caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy in Spain. Approximately 177,000 cases of oral mucositis occur each year in Spain.[i],[ii]
MUGARD® is a mucoadhesive oral rinse proven to prevent and manage the lesions and symptoms of oral mucositis by adhering to the mucosal surface of the mouth and forming a soothing, protective layer.[iii] Approximately 20-40% of patients receiving conventional chemotherapy and nearly all patients receiving head and neck radiation therapy suffer from oral mucositis[iv]. With limited effective treatment options available, MUGARD® has been created for patients to take prior to and during cancer treatment to relieve the signs and symptoms of oral mucositis.
Peter Martin, Chief Operating Officer, Norgine said: “We are delighted to launch MUGARD® in Spain as it provides cancer patients with an important treatment for oral mucositis, when we know there are limited effective treatment options available. Managing the side effects of cancer treatment is essential to keeping patients on their cancer therapy.”
Norgine holds the rights to MUGARD® in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Norgine anticipates further launches of MUGARD® in 2016 and 2017.
Notes to Editors:
MUGARD® Muco-Adhesive Oral Rinse is a non-sterile slightly viscous liquid, formulated to adhere to the mucosal surface of the mouth and thereby forms a soothing, protective layer.
Norgine is a European specialist pharmaceutical company that has been established for over 100 years. In 2015, Norgine’s total revenue was EUR 320 million and the company employs over 1,000 people.
Norgine provides expertise and ‘know how’ in Europe to develop, manufacture and market products that offer real value to healthcare professionals, payers and patients. Norgine’s approach and infrastructure is integrated and focused upon ensuring that Norgine wins partnership opportunities for growth.
Norgine is headquartered in the Netherlands and its global operations are based in Amsterdam and in Harefield, UK. Norgine owns a R&D site in Hengoed, Wales and two manufacturing sites, one in Hengoed, Wales and one in Dreux, France.
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