Noven announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new indication with a new dose of Minivelle (estradiol transdermal system) for the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis.

The new 0.025mg/day patch is the smallest estrogen therapy patch measuring at 1.65 square cm, about one-third the size of Minivelle 0.0375mg/day.

Minivelle was initially approved in October 2012 for the treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms due to menopause. It is already available in 0.0375mg/day, 0.05mg/day, 0.075mg/day, and 0.1mg/day strengths for this indication.

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The new Minivelle 0.025mg/day patch is expected to launch in January 2015.

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