Healthcare Industry News: Parkinson's disease
News Release - July 12, 2006
Teva Will Be Sole Promoter of AZILECT(R) for Parkinson's Disease in the United StatesJERUSALEM--(HSMN NewsFeed)--July 12, 2006--Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ:TEVA ) and Eisai Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange/Osaka Securities Exchange: 4523) today announced that they have mutually agreed to end their May 2003 alliance to co-promote Teva's AZILECT® (rasagiline tablets) for Parkinson's disease in the United States.
As a result, Teva's U.S. innovative product marketing subsidiary, Teva Neuroscience, Inc., will have sole responsibility for the marketing of AZILECT® in the U.S. and Teva will enjoy the full financial benefits from AZILECT® sales. Since 2003, Teva Neuroscience has more than doubled its field presence in preparation for this launch and has demonstrated its capabilities in its neurological franchise through its sales efforts and significant success with COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) for the reduction of relapses in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
As previously announced on May 17, 2006, once-daily AZILECT® received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for Parkinson's disease both as initial monotherapy in early Parkinson's disease patients and as adjunct therapy to levodopa in moderate-to-advanced stages of the disease. AZILECT® will be available in the U.S. by the end of this month.
A global phase II study, in which rasagiline is used as an adjunctive treatment in Alzheimer's patients treated with Eisai's Aricept®, was initiated in 2004 and is currently on-going.
AZILECT® (rasagiline tablets) is indicated for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of idiopathic Parkinson's disease as initial monotherapy and as adjunct therapy to levodopa.
AZILECT® is contraindicated for concomitant use with: meperidine, other MAO inhibitors, tramadol, methadone, propoxyphene, dextromethorphan, St. John's wort, mirtazapine, cyclobenzaprine, sympathomimetic amines including over-the-counter cold preparations, and local anesthetics containing sympathomimetic vasoconstrictors. Patients taking AZILECT® should avoid tyramine-rich foods, beverages, and dietary supplements. It seems prudent, in general, to avoid the combination of AZILECT® with antidepressants. Caution should be used when AZILECT® is used concurrently with CYP1A2 inhibitors such as ciprofloxacin. AZILECT® should not be taken by patients with moderate to severe hepatic impairment or pheochromocytoma.
Side effects of AZILECT® as monotherapy include arthralgia and dyspepsia; and as adjunct to levodopa therapy include dyskinesia, accidental injury, weight loss, postural hypotension, vomiting, arthralgia, nausea, constipation, dry mouth, rash, and somnolence.
AZILECT® was developed by Teva based on research originating from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.
About Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive, neurodegenerative disorder. The exact cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown, and is believed to be multifactorial, involving genes, environmental factors and aging.
Symptoms include tremors, slowness of movement, stiffness, gait and posture problems. As the disease progresses, symptoms worsen, and the patient will most likely experience motor complications. Ultimately, the disease impairs the patient's ability to function.
The disease, which usually affects people over the age of 50, is estimated to affect some 4 million people worldwide, of which approximately one million in the U.S. In 2005, global sales of drugs to treat Parkinson's disease reached about USD 3 billion.
AZILECT® (rasagiline tablets) is a registered trademark of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world and is the leading generic pharmaceutical company. The company develops, manufactures and markets generic and innovative human pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients, as well as animal health pharmaceutical products. Over 80% of Teva's sales are in North America and Europe.
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