Antares Pharma Announces the Issuance of a New Patent on VIBEX Device Platform
Antares Pharma (NASDAQ: ATRS) today announced the issuance of U.S. Patent number 8,419,686 which relates to the device-injection site contacting interface. The interface design is applicable to the entire Antares VIBEX™ injector device platform.
Paul K. Wotton, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “This is another example of the importance of our intellectual property strategy as we continue to actively protect the enhanced device technologies being applied to both established and new drugs. Over the past fifteen months, Antares has filed 30 patent applications and has received 8 new patents including this most recent issuance.” Dr. Wotton continued, “This patent focuses on the interface between injection devices and the patient. It demonstrates that Antares understands that self-injection requires unique device features for the home setting where a growing number of injectables are being used.”
U.S. Patent 8,419,686 describes a unique device collar design which comes in contact with the skin surrounding the injection site when the injector is used. This interface design can be applied to all Antares' VIBEX™ devices, especially the VIBEX™ Quick Shot (QS) which offers a dose capacity up to 1 mL or larger volumes.
About Antares Pharma
Antares Pharma focuses on self-administered parenteral pharmaceutical products and topical gel-based medicines. The Company is developing OTREXUP™, a combination product for the delivery of methotrexate using Medi-Jet™ technology for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, poly-articular-course juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, as well as VIBEX™ QS T for testosterone replacement therapy. The Company's technology platforms include VIBEX™ disposable Medi-Jet™, disposable multi-use pen injectors and Vision™ reusable needle-free injectors marketed as Tjet® and Zomajet® by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd (Teva) and Ferring Pharmaceuticals (Ferring), respectively. Antares Pharma has a multi-product deal with Teva that includes Tev-Tropin® human growth hormone (hGH), VIBEX™ epinephrine and several other products. Antares Pharma's partnership with Ferring includes Zomacton® hGH. In the U.S. Antares has received FDA approval for Gelnique 3%™, a treatment for overactive bladder that is marketed by Actavis. Elestrin® (estradiol gel) is FDA approved for the treatment of moderate-to-severe vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause, and is marketed in the U.S. by Meda Pharma. Antares Pharma has two facilities in the U.S. The Parenteral Products Group located in Minneapolis, Minnesota directs the manufacturing and marketing of the Company's reusable needle-free injection devices and related disposables, and develops its disposable pressure-assisted Medi-Jet and pen injector systems. The Company's corporate office and Product Development and Commercial Groups are located in Ewing, New Jersey.
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