catalent-logo-2015Catalent Pharma Solutions, the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, recently welcomed Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s announcement that its pioneering orphan drug, XERMELO, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Catalent has been working in partnership with Lexicon since 2007 to develop the drug formulation, and will be manufacturing XERMELO for commercial supply.

XERMELO (telotristat ethyl) 250 mg is a first-in-class orally administered therapy for the treatment of carcinoid syndrome diarrhoea in combination with somatostatin analog (SSA) therapy in adults inadequately controlled by SSA therapy.

“We are pleased that the skill and expertise that our scientists have dedicated to this project for ten years has resulted in this pioneering treatment reach the market,” commented Matthew Mollan, Catalent’s General Manager at its Kansas City, Missouri site.

“Catalent first partnered with Lexicon when the drug was in Phase I development, and continued to support its manufacture through to supplying launch products.”

“We are proud to have discovered this groundbreaking orphan drug, and our successful  collaboration with Catalent means we are now able to make it available for the thousands of patients currently suffering from this condition,” added Lonnel Coats, Lexicon’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Carcinoid syndrome is a rare condition that occurs in patients living with metastatic neuroendocrine tumors (mNETs) and is characterised by frequent and debilitating diarrhoea that often prevents patients from leading active, predictable lives, as well as by facial flushing, abdominal pain, fatigue and, with time, heart valve damage.

Catalent undertook development and manufacture of the drug at its 450,000-square-foot Kansas City facility, where the company provides a range of fully integrated support services, from formulation development and analytical testing, to clinical and commercial scale manufacturing and packaging of various oral dose forms.