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Endo Launches Colchicine Capsules, Generic Version of MITIGARE®

November 2, 2023

DUBLINNov. 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Endo International plc (OTC: ENDPQ) announced today that one of its operating companies, Par Pharmaceutical, Inc., has begun shipping colchicine 0.6 mg capsules, a generic version of Hikma's MITIGARE®. This is the first generic colchicine capsule approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"We are pleased to offer this high-quality, affordable medication," said Scott Sims, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Injectable Solutions & Generics at Endo. "As a reliable supplier of generic products, we take pride in providing choices to appropriate patients."

Colchicine capsules are indicated for prophylaxis of gout flares in adults.

According to IQVIA, colchicine capsules sales were approximately $65.4 million for the 12 months ended September 30, 2023.

MITIGARE® is a registered trademark of Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.


Patients with renal or hepatic impairment should not be given colchicine with drugs that inhibit both P-glycoprotein and CYP3A4 inhibitors. Combining these dual inhibitors with colchicine in patients with renal or hepatic impairment has resulted in life-threatening or fatal colchicine toxicity.
Patients with both renal and hepatic impairment should not be given colchicine.

Fatal Overdose: Fatal overdoses, both accidental and intentional, have been reported in adults and children who have ingested colchicine. Colchicine should be kept out of the reach of children.
Blood Dyscrasias: Myelosuppression, leukopenia, granulocytopenia, thrombocytopenia, pancytopenia, and aplastic anemia have been reported with colchicine used in therapeutic doses.
Interactions with CYP3A4 and P-gp Inhibitors: Coadministration of colchicine with dual P-gp and CYP3A4 inhibitors has resulted in life-threatening interactions and death.
Neuromuscular Toxicity: Neuromuscular toxicity and rhabdomyolysis have been reported from chronic treatment with colchicine in therapeutic doses, especially in combination with other drugs known to cause this effect. Patients with impaired renal function and elderly patients (even those with normal renal and hepatic function) are at increased risk. Consider temporary interruption or discontinuation of colchicine.

The most commonly reported adverse reactions with colchicine are gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.


  • Coadministration of P-gp or CYP3A4 inhibitors or inhibitors of both P-gp and CYP3A4 (e.g., clarithromycin or cyclosporine) have been reported to lead to colchicine toxicity. The potential for drug-drug interactions must be considered prior to and during therapy.
  • Concomitant use of colchicine and inhibitors of CYP3A4 or P-gp should be avoided if possible. If coadministration of colchicine and an inhibitor of CYP3A4 or P-gp is necessary, the dose of colchicine should be reduced and the patient should be monitored carefully for colchicine toxicity


  • In the presence of renal or hepatic impairment, patients should be monitored closely and dose adjustment should be considered as necessary.
  • Pregnancy: Use only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus (8.1).
  • Nursing Mothers: Caution should be exercised when administered to a nursing woman (8.3).
  • Geriatric Use: The recommended dose of colchicine should be based on renal/hepatic function (8.5).

Colchicine Capsules are indicated for prophylaxis of gout flares in adults.
Limitations of use: The safety and effectiveness of colchicine for acute treatment of gout flares during prophylaxis has not been studied.
Colchicine is not an analgesic medication and should not be used to treat pain from other causes.

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About Endo
Endo (OTC: ENDPQ) is a specialty pharmaceutical company committed to helping everyone we serve live their best life through the delivery of quality, life-enhancing therapies. Our decades of proven success come from passionate team members around the globe collaborating to bring treatments forward. Together, we boldly transform insights into treatments benefiting those who need them, when they need them. Learn more at or connect with us on LinkedIn.

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SOURCE Endo International plc