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Kyowa to exclusively market Quetiapine Fumarate Extended-Release tablets in Japan
Osaka (Japan), February 27th, 2017 Pharma Major Lupin Limited (Lupin) announced that its Japanese subsidiary Kyowa Pharmaceutical Industry Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Osaka, Japan; President & Representative Director: Ray Tsunoda; hereafter referred as “Kyowa”) and Astellas Pharma Inc. (President and CEO: Yoshihiko Hatanaka, “Astellas”) have entered into an agreement providing Kyowa the exclusive right to distribute and promote extended-release tablets of quetiapine fumarate in Japan. Astellas submitted a new drug application (NDA) with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan for extended-release tablets of quetiapine fumarate for the indication of improvement of depressive symptoms associated with bipolar disorder.
When Astellas obtains an approval for the new drug application of extended-release tablets of quetiapine fumarate, based on the agreement, Kyowa will exclusively distribute and promote the products in Japan.
Dr. Fabrice Egros, President – Asia Pacific & Japan, Lupin Limited commented, “Following Kyowa’s recent acquisition of long-listed products from Shionogi & Co., Ltd., the Astellas agreement reinforces Kyowa’s transition toward a hybrid pharmaceutical specialty care company and bolsters its leadership in the CNS space in Japan. Post regulatory approval for the product, we hope to bring to market a new solution for the treatment of depressive symptoms associated with bipolar disorder addressing unmet need for patients as well as provide additional treatment option for health care professionals in Japan.”
Founded in 1954, Kyowa Pharmaceutical Industry Co., Ltd. is a pharmaceutical company developing and manufacturing Branded & Generic pharmaceutical products for patients in the Japanese Market. With sales of JPY 25 billion for the fiscal year ended March 2016, Kyowa is amongst the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies in Japan, a market leader in the Central Nervous System - Neurology space and has strong presence in Cardiovascular, Gastroenterology and Injectable therapy segments. The company covers 94% of the 1,400 psychiatric hospitals in Japan. Kyowa enjoys strong brand equity in the psychiatric and neurological therapy segments, well known for its high quality pharmaceutical product portfolio under the “Kyowa AMEL” brand franchise.
Kyowa is a Japanese subsidiary of Lupin Limited. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.kyowayakuhin.co.jp
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