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Genzyme seeks OK on osteoarthritis drug

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 20 (UPI)

Genzyme said Wednesday it has filed for U.S. approval of Synvisc-One, a treatment used once every six months to treat osteoarthritis pain in the knee.

The company said that, if approved, its injectable drug would be the first to provide six months' pain relief in a single treatment.

Genzyme said it expects the Food and Drug Administration to take action on its application by the end of the year.

"The submission for approval of Synvisc-One is based on positive data which demonstrated that combining three doses of Synvisc in a single treatment is safe and effective in providing pain relief for up to six months in patients with knee osteoarthritis," said Ann Merrifield, president of Genzyme Biosurgery.

Genzyme's current Synvisc dosage form is delivered via three intra-articular doses of 2 milliliters each, administered at one-week intervals. Synvisc-One combines the three doses into one 6 milliliter injection.

SOURCE: The European League Against Rheumatism

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