Zoetis (ZTS) Reveise FDA Approval of APOQUEL

May 16, 2013 8:05 AM EDT
Zoetis, Inc. (NYSE: ZTS), formerly the animal health business unit of Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved APOQUEL (oclacitinib tablet) for the control of pruritus associated with allergic dermatitis and the control of atopic dermatitis in dogs at least 12 months of age. Pruritus, or itching, is the most common sign of allergies in dogs. Developed by Zoetis, APOQUEL is the first Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor approved for veterinary use that targets the itch and inflammation pathway. APOQUEL provides fast-acting relief from itching and improves inflammation for the estimated 8.2 million dogs that suffer from short- and long-term allergic skin conditions.

“Previously available treatments have helped with the management of allergic skin disease in dogs, but an unmet need still exists for a treatment that works rapidly and effectively with minimal short- and long-term side effects,” said Douglas DeBoer, DVM, DACVD, Professor of Dermatology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, an expert in veterinary dermatology and allergy. “The approval of APOQUEL is encouraging because it will provide both veterinarians and pet owners with a treatment that reduces itch within hours and provides long term relief of itching and inflammation for dogs without the side effects of steroids.”

Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common allergies in dogs, affecting approximately 10 percent of the dog population. Itching caused by an allergic skin disease can be an acute, short-term condition or can be recurrent or chronic—all which can impact the quality of life for both the dog and its owner unless they are controlled with effective management.

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