FDA Approvals of 2012

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Prepoprik

Drug: Prepopik
Generic molecule: sodium picosulfate, magnesium oxide, citric acid
Company: Ferring Pharmaceuticals
Approval date: July 16

The scoop: Ferring's Prepopik is a bit of an oddball in the newly approved drug category because it has been available outside the U.S. since 1980. It is a low-volume, orange-flavored, dual-acting stimulant and osmotic laxative used for the admittedly unpleasant process of cleansing of the colon to get ready for a colonoscopy in adults. The company points out that "the sheer volume of prep solutions can prevent patients from adequately completing their prep regimens." Prepopik requires only 10 ounces and it is recommended that patients split the dose between the night before and day of, possibly getting better compliance.