Healthcare Industry News: Parkinson's disease
News Release - August 21, 2006
Teva Announces Health Canada Approves AZILECT(R) (Rasagiline) for Parkinson's DiseaseApproved in Canada as Monotherapy in Early PD and as an Adjunct to Levodopa in Moderate-to-Advanced Disease
JERUSALEM--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Aug. 21, 2006--Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA ) announced today that AZILECT® (rasagiline tablets), the first once daily oral treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD) has just been approved by Health Canada. The drug is approved for use as initial monotherapy in early Parkinson's disease and as adjunct therapy to levodopa in moderate to advanced disease. AZILECT® is expected to become available in Canada this September.
Approval for AZILECT® was based on data from three large, multicenter, multinational, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical studies. These studies in over 1,500 patients demonstrated that AZILECT® given once daily was effective, and well-tolerated, given as initial monotherapy in the early stages of Parkinson's disease or when added to levodopa and other therapies in more advanced stages of the disease.
"This is a key milestone for our company, but, more importantly, a significant new treatment option for the more than 100,000 Parkinson's disease patients and their families in Canada," said Jon Congleton, General Manager of Teva Neuroscience Canada. "The approval of AZILECT® is another demonstration of Teva's continuing commitment to helping people cope with neurological diseases."
The development of AZILECT® is part of a long-term alliance for co-development in Parkinson's disease and European marketing between Teva and H. Lundbeck A/S. To date, AZILECT®, has been made available in 19 countries most recently the United States in July.
AZILECT® is indicated for the signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease as monotherapy and as adjunct therapy to levodopa.
Patients should not take AZILECT® if they have moderate to severe liver disease, have a tumor of the adrenal gland or plan to undergo elective surgery requiring general anesthesia. Also, patients should not use AZILECT® if they are taking any of the following medications: antidepressants; sympathomimetic amines including amphetamines, cold medications, and weight-reducing products that contain pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine and ephedrine; cyclobenzaprine; Demerol; dextromethorphan; MAO inhibitors; pain medications and St. John's wort.
Side effects seen with AZILECT® alone are joint pain, indigestion; and when taken with levodopa are uncontrolled movements (dyskinesias), accidental injury, weight loss, low blood pressure when standing, vomiting, joint pain, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, dry mouth, rash,.
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 100,000 are in Canada. In 2005, global sales of drugs to treat Parkinson's disease reached about USD 3 billion.
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. Teva's innovative R&D focuses on developing novel drugs for diseases of the central nervous system.
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