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What Is Euflexxa?

Euflexxa Injections Used in Viscosupplementation

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Updated June 27, 2014

Definition: Euflexxa is an ultra-high purity hyaluronan, also called hyaluronic acid (HA) or sodium hyaluronate. Euflexxa is similar to healthy human synovial fluid, a substance that lubricates the joints.

Euflexxa is one of the hyaluronates used in viscosupplementation. Euflexxa is injected directly into the knee joint to restore the cushioning and lubricating properties of normal joint fluid.

Euflexxa is indicated for the treatment of knee pain in osteoarthritis of the knee in patients who have failed to respond to more conservative non-pharmacologic therapy and to simple analgesics (e.g. acetaminophen.) Use for other joints is being investigated.

Fast Facts About Euflexxa Injections:

  • Viscosupplementation has been studied for osteoarthritis treatment since the 1970s.
  • Euflexxa was FDA approved on 12/03/2004.
  • Euflexxa injections are typically given weekly for 3 weeks.
  • Euflexxa is the first non-avian derived hyaluronan.
  • Euflexxa is considered a treatment or therapy, not a drug.

Also Known As: viscosupplementation, joint fluid therapy, hyaluronan injections, hyaluronate injections, joint fluid prosthesis, intra-articular knee injections

Common Misspellings: euflexa, uflexxa, uflexa, youflexxa

Examples: The doctor recommended Euflexxa injections to help the osteoarthritis in my knee. Euflexxa is a type of intra-articular knee injection.

Sources:

Euflexxa FAQs / Prescribing Information, euflexxa.com

Ferring Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Euflexxa For Osteoarthritis Knee Pain, News Release Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc., November 14, 2005

Euflexxa Labeling Extended to Include Room Temperature Storage, PRNewswire, April 10, 2006

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