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FDA Approves Third Drug In BD Simplist™ Prefilled Injectable Line Of Products

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  BD Rx Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of leading global medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the third drug to be offered in the new BD Simplist™ line of ready-to-administer prefilled generic injectables. The third BD Simplist product to launch is Ondansetron Injection, USP 4mg/2mL (2mg/mL), an injectable antiemetic.

Ondansetron Injection, USP which is used to prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting, is currently on the FDA drug shortage list due to recent demand increases and supply issues faced by other manufacturers. 1,2 Ondansetron Injection, USP also can be used with initial and repeat courses of emetogenic cancer chemotherapy.

"We're proud to be expanding our BD Simplist products with a drug like Ondansetron Injection, USP which is in high demand among clinicians and fills a need for an intervention that can be administered quickly," said Mark Sebree, President, BD Rx. "As we establish our product line with a third drug approval, we are seeing even further indication of the positive response to our new BD Simplist prefilled injectables especially among repeat customers."

In March, BD announced that it would be manufacturing generic pharmaceutical products for the first time through BD Rx. BD Rx also manufactures Metoclopramide Injection, USP and Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride Injection, USP within the BD Simplist prefilled injectables line of products. BD Simplist prefilled injectables are designed to help improve patient care and safety by decreasing the number of steps in the traditional vial and syringe injection sequence, reducing the potential risk of medication error.

The potential for medication error exists with every injection. Clinicians perform up to 20 steps in a traditional vial and syringe injection sequence. But with BD Simplist prefilled injectables, the injection sequence is reduced to approximately 12 steps, reducing the potential risk of medication error and allowing for more focus on the patient and less on injection preparation.

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