Aratana Therapeutics (PETX) Says NOCITA is Now 'Launched'

October 5, 2016 8:35 AM EDT

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Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: PETX) announced the Company has made NOCITA (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) commercially available to veterinarians in the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) approved Nocita as a local post-operative analgesia for cranial cruciate ligament surgery in dogs on August 12, 2016.

"We are eager to get Nocita into the hands of veterinary surgeons and anticipate the first orders shipping in October," explains Brent Standridge, Chief Operating Officer of Aratana Therapeutics. "We believe Nocita is an innovative tool since it controls canine cranial cruciate ligament surgery post-operative pain for up to 72 hours with one dose."

Nocita is a long-acting, local anesthetic that lasts up to 72 hours post-surgery by releasing bupivacaine over time from multi-vesicular liposomes deposited in the tissue. The therapeutic is administered as a single dose by tissue infiltration during closure of cranial cruciate ligament surgery in dogs.

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