Availability of this important medicine bolsters Sandoz industry-leading portfolio of high-quality, affordable antibiotics, which covers over 50 percent of the antibiotics available worldwide
More than 80 percent of US children experience at least one ear infection by their third birthday1
Although ear infections primarily affect children, they can also affect adults, especially during the summer months due to increased water exposure1,2
Princeton, New Jersey, August 10, 2020 — Sandoz Inc. today announced the US market introduction of Ciprofloxacin 0.3% + Dexamethasone 0.1% otic suspension 7.5mL ear drops for the treatment of middle ear and outer ear canal bacterial infections.
Ciprofloxacin + Dexamethasone otic suspension is an authorized generic of the Novartis medicine Ciprodex® (ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone), otic suspension, and is administered via a controlled dispensing-tip bottle.
“The associates at Sandoz work hard to ensure the broadest portfolio of high-quality, affordable generic antibiotics is available to US patients. The important teamwork with our colleagues at Novartis Pharmaceuticals is a testament to our collective belief that cross-divisional collaboration will help increase patient access to high-quality healthcare,” said Carol Lynch, President, Sandoz Inc. “We are pleased to immediately offer the authorized generic version of this treatment for ear infections, including swimmer’s ear, which is common during the summer.”
In the US, ear infections are one of the most common reasons why young children go to the doctor3. More than 80 percent will experience at least one ear infection by their third birthday1, and approximately 25 percent of all children will have repeat ear infections3.
Ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone combination ear drops is used in adults and children 6 months of age or older to treat certain types of bacterial infections in the ear. These bacterial infections include outer ear canal infection (known as acute otitis externa) and middle ear infection (known as acute otitis media) in people who have a tube in their eardrum known as a tympanostomy to prevent having too much fluid in the middle ear.
Ciprofloxacin belongs to the class of medicines known as fluoroquinolone antibiotics and works by killing the bacteria or preventing their growth. Dexamethasone is a steroid medicine used to relieve the redness, itching, and swelling caused by ear infections.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone otic suspension is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to ciprofloxacin, to other quinolones, or to any of the components in this medication.
Use of this product is contraindicated in viral infections of the external canal, including herpes simplex infections and fungal otic infections.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
Ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone otic suspension is for otic use (ears) only, not for ophthalmic use, or for injection.
Ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone otic suspension should be discontinued at the first appearance of a skin rash or any other sign of hypersensitivity. Serious and occasionally fatal hypersensitivity (anaphylactic) reactions, some following the first dose, have been reported in patients receiving systemic quinolones. Some reactions were accompanied by cardiovascular collapse, loss of consciousness, angioedema (including laryngeal, pharyngeal, or facial edema), airway obstruction, dyspnea, urticaria, and itching.
Potential for Microbial Overgrowth with Prolonged Use
Prolonged use may result in overgrowth of non-susceptible, bacteria and fungi. If the infection is not improved after one week of treatment, cultures should be obtained to guide further treatment. If such infections occur, discontinue use and institute alternative therapy.
Continued or Recurrent Otorrhea
If otorrhea persists after a full course of therapy, or if two or more episodes of otorrhea occur within six months, further evaluation is recommended to exclude an underlying condition such as cholesteatoma, foreign body, or a tumor.
Most commonly reported adverse reactions in clinical trials in AOM pediatric patients with tympanostomy tubes: ear discomfort (3.0%), ear pain (2.3%), ear precipitate (0.5%), irritability (0.5%), and taste perversion (0.5%).
Most commonly reported adverse reactions in clinical trials in AOE patients: ear pruritus (1.5%), ear debris (0.6%), superimposed ear infection (0.6%), ear congestion (0.4%), ear pain (0.4%), and erythema (0.4%)
Ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone otic suspension is indicated for the treatment of infections caused by susceptible isolates of the designated microorganisms in the specific conditions listed below:
Acute Otitis Media (AOM) in pediatric patients (age 6 months and older) with tympanostomy tubes due to Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Acute Otitis Externa (AOE) in pediatric (age 6 months and older), adult and elderly patients due to Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
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