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Otsuka and Lundbeck enter pharma partnering pact for Ablify

Posted on 07 March 2013

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical and H. Lundbeck, both being  big pharma companies, outlined co-promotion plans and summarized the overall progress in their pharma partnering at a session in Japan with representatives from domestic and international media organizations

The companies announced that ABILIFY MAINTENA (aripiprazole), an extended-release injectable suspension for the treatment of schizophrenia will start becoming available in the U.S. market on March 18.

 ABILFY MAINTENA was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 28 for the treatment of schizophrenia.

ABILIFY MAINTENA and ABILIFY contain the molecule aripiprazole, which is a partial agonist at the D2 dopamine receptor and which offers a unique mechanism of action for the treatment of schizophrenia. ABILIFY MAINTENA has been shown in clinical studies to reduce relapses in schizophrenia in comparison to placebo and will offer the efficacy and safety profile of the oral formulations of ABILIFY in a once-monthly formulation.

The big pharma partnering provides Lundbeck with the rights to promote all formulations of ABILIFY that are currently being marketed, sold and distributed by Otsuka in the European Union including the swallowable tablet, oral solution, orally-disintegrating tablet and the IM rapid injectable. Lundbeck will promote ABILIFY Tablets in first position to target physicians.

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