FDA Approves Plecanatide (Trulance) for Adults with Idiopathic Constipation

Here’s the link: FDA approves Trulance for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (Jan 19.2017).  Plecanatide is a guanylate cyclase-C agonist.

An excerpt:

Trulance, taken orally once daily, works locally in the upper GI tract to stimulate secretion of intestinal fluid and support regular bowel function.

The safety and efficacy of Trulance were established in two 12-week, placebo-controlled trials including 1,775 adult participants. Participants were randomly assigned to receive a placebo or Trulance, once daily. Participants in the trials were required to have been diagnosed with constipation at least six months prior to the study onset and to have less than three defecations per week in the previous three months, as well as other symptoms associated with constipation. Participants receiving Trulance were more likely to experience improvement in the frequency of complete spontaneous bowel movements than those receiving placebo, and also had improvements in stool frequency and consistency and straining.

Trulance should not be used in children less than six years of age due to the risk of serious dehydration… The safety and effectiveness of Trulance have not been established in patients less than 18 years of age.

The most common and serious side effects of Trulance was diarrhea.

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