Salix Pharmaceuticals has receiving marketing clearance for Metozolv (metoclopramide HCl) ODT (orally dissolving tablets) 5 mg and 10 mg orally disintegrating tablets for the relief of diabetic gastroparesis and symptomatic documented gastroesophageal reflux (GERD).

“Metozolv ODT is the first available treatment for both diabetic gastroparesis and symptomatic documented GERD that offers physicians and patients the similar safety and efficacy of metoclopramide with the added convenience of an orally disintegrating tablet formulation,” said Ronnie Fass, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Arizona.

“Patients with diabetic gastroparesis and symptomatic documented GERD may have trouble adhering to treatment because of difficulty swallowing, the need for treatment when they do not have water available, or the need for a portable way to take medication.”

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Metozolv ODT, which rapidly melts on the tongue, gives these patients a new choice that may be more convenient than traditional metoclopramide tablets, Dr. Fass added.

Bill Forbes, PharmD, Senior Vice President for Research and Development and Chief Development Officer at Salix, said the company anticipates that the tablets should be available in November 2009.