"Management did a tremendous job in pushing forward through multiple rejections at the FDA," Summer Street Research analyst Mark Landy said.
"We believe this product will be competitive in a market that is becoming more focused on single-shot injections."
Sanofi SA and Zimmer Holdings Inc also market single-injection treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee.
The single-injection Monovisc could be an advantage over Anika's other knee osteoarthritis pain drug, Orthovisc, which is administered via three injections.
Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition caused by cartilage breakdown in joints, resulting in bones rubbing together, which leads to stiffness and pain. About 27 million people in the United States have osteoarthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
The company said on Tuesday the drug will be
marketed in the United States by Depuy Synthes, a
unit of Johnson & Johnson, as part of an agreement
signed in 2011.