SOMERSET, N.J., Feb. 1, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc., announced today a partnership with Phil, Inc., which helps deliver cost-effective next-generation patient access solutions for patients prescribed Solosec® (secnidazole) 2g oral granules for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis (BV) in adult women.
Solosec is the only single 2g oral dose therapy for the most common vaginal infection in the U.S. among adult women. This treatment is designed to deliver a full course of therapy in just one packet.  In November, Lupin announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted their supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Solosec® (secnidazole) for the treatment of trichomoniasis in adults and adolescents. The FDA has assigned a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) target date of June 30, 2021.
“Phil offers a systemic solution for a systemic problem,” Deepak Thomas, founder and CEO of Phil, Inc, said in a statement. “Because the underlying challenges in this space are experienced not just at the pharmacy but may extend to other stakeholders including prescribers and manufacturers, Phil aims to address these issues in their entirety.”
Solosec was designed to be a single dose treatment for patients with BV.  Because Solosec is taken in one oral dose, it may be preferred by people who do not want to use a vaginal cream or take pills over multiple days. [1-3] Studies reveal that the longer and more complex a drug regimen is, the more it may lead to poor adherence and treatment failure. [4,5] The single dose of Solosec stays in the body and continues to treat BV for four days without an alcohol restriction; in vitro drug alcohol studies show Solosec does not inhibit the enzyme that metabolizes alcohol.  Solosec was shown not to interact with a common oral contraceptive: combination ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone. 
“With the addition of Solosec to the Phil platform, we are able to provide a convenient channel for physicians to prescribe Solosec and enhance the patient experience,” said Jon Stelzmiller, President - Specialty, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “We are proud that Lupin has been at the forefront of advancing affordable healthcare for women globally for decades, and we are committed to helping prevent and manage women’s health conditions, including BV.”
SOLOSEC® (secnidazole) 2 g oral granules is a 5-nitroimidazole antimicrobial agent indicated for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis in adult women.
SOLOSEC is a single-dose therapy for oral use. The entire contents of SOLOSEC packet should be sprinkled onto applesauce, yogurt or pudding and consumed once within 30 minutes without chewing or crunching the granules. SOLOSEC is not intended to be dissolved in any liquid.
SOLOSEC is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to secnidazole, other ingredients of the formulation, or other nitroimidazole derivatives.
Vulvo-vaginal candidiasis may develop with SOLOSEC and require treatment with an antifungal agent.
Potential risk of carcinogenicity is unknown and has not been studied. Carcinogenicity has been seen in rodents chronically treated with nitroimidazole derivatives, which are structurally related to secnidazole. Chronic use should be avoided.
Breastfeeding is not recommended. Patients should discontinue breastfeeding for 96 hours after administration of SOLOSEC.
Most common adverse reactions observed in clinical trials (incidence ≥2%) were vulvovaginal candidiasis, headache, nausea, dysgeusia, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and vulvovaginal pruritus.
To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. at 1-844-SOLOSEC (1-844-765-6732) or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is the U.S. based wholly owned subsidiary of Lupin Limited, and is the 3rd largest pharmaceutical company in the U.S. based on total prescriptions. Together, all Lupin-owned entities combine to make up the 8th largest generic pharmaceutical company in the world by revenue size. Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is dedicated to delivering high-quality medications across many treatment areas. Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s branded pharmaceuticals division provides products designed to help prevent and manage women’s health conditions.
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Phil Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a leading provider of Digital Patient Access Solutions. By addressing patient access challenges using online technologies, as opposed to traditional call-center models, Phil Inc. partners with pharmaceutical manufacturers to deliver pioneering digital access to Specialty and Specialty-Lite therapies. Phil Inc’s access solutions may improve patient outcomes by lowering cost and improving speed to therapy, while freeing up prescribers and pharmacists to focus on delivering care.
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