Company Launches Respiratory Franchise in Canada with a New Biologic for Add-On Maintenance Treatment of Adult Patients with Severe Eosinophilic Asthma
MONTREAL, July 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Teva Canada Innovation, a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., announced today that Health Canada has approved CINQAIRTM (reslizumab), a humanized interleukin-5 (IL-5) antagonist monoclonal antibody (IgG4 kappa), for the add-on maintenance treatment of adult patients with severe eosinophilic asthma who are inadequately controlled with medium-to-high-dose inhaled corticosteroids and an additional asthma controller(s) (e.g. LABA), and have a blood eosinophil count of ≥400 cells/μL at initiation of the treatment1.
Upon commercial availability of CINQAIRTM, Teva Canada Innovation will launch Teva Support SolutionsTM in Canada. Teva Support SolutionsTM is a comprehensive program that will provide personalized support, training and education to healthcare providers and patients who have been prescribed CINQAIRTM. CINQAIRTM is administered by intravenous infusion at a weight-based dose of 3 mg/kg once every four weeks. The treatment is expected to become commercially available to patients, by prescription, in late fall 2016.
The clinical trial program consisted of five placebo-controlled studies in a population of 1,028 adults and adolescent asthma patients treated with CINQAIRTM 3 mg/kg. Two of these studies constituted the Phase III program (the late-stage of the drug development process) in patients with asthma and elevated blood eosinophils. The data demonstrated that treatment with CINQAIRTM was associated with reduction in asthma exacerbations as well as significant improvement in lung function, symptoms, and asthma-related quality of life3,4,5,6. The incidence of the most common adverse events in the placebo-controlled asthma studies, in CINQAIRTM-treated patients, was lower than or similar to the placebo-treated patients.
A new innovative player in respiratory disease
"Teva Canada Innovation is committed to developing therapies that address the unmet needs of patients, healthcare providers, caregivers, and payers in our key therapeutic areas of focus," said John C. Jacobs, General Manager of Teva Canada Innovation. "We are proud to demonstrate that commitment with the development of CINQAIRTM, for those suffering from respiratory disease, by advancing the treatments available. It is a targeted therapy for a specific subset of patients with a persistent, inadequately controlled, severe eosinophilic asthma—a disease and patient population that is very difficult to treat."
About CINQAIRTM (reslizumab)
CINQAIRTM (reslizumab) is a humanized interleukin-5 (IL-5) antagonist monoclonal antibody (IgG4 kappa), approved by Health Canada for the add-on maintenance treatment of adult patients with severe eosinophilic asthma who are inadequately controlled with medium-to-high-dose inhaled corticosteroids and an additional asthma controller(s) (e.g. LABA), and have a blood eosinophil count of ≥400 cells/μL at initiation of the treatment.
IL-5 plays a major role in the maturation, activation and survival of eosinophils. In asthma patients, the eosinophilic phenotype is associated with compromised lung function, more frequent symptoms, and increased risk of exacerbations7. Reslizumab binds to human IL-5 and prevents it from binding to the IL-5 receptor, thereby reducing eosinophilic inflammation8.
About Teva Canada Innovation
Teva Canada Innovation (TCI) is a branded, specialty medicines company, with operations in Canada since 1997. TCI's mission is to introduce new, innovative health care solutions for Canadians in the central nervous system (CNS), respiratory and pain care therapeutic areas. The company also markets brands in women's health and oncology, and has established partnerships with other Canadians pharmaceutical companies in these areas. Throughout 2017, TCI will introduce a portfolio of new respiratory medicines and technologies to Canada ranging from intuitive rescue and maintenance inhalers to a new targeted biologic option for patients with severe asthma. TCI is a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA), a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions to millions of patients every day. For more information, visit www.tevacanadainnovation.ca.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions used by millions of patients every day. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's largest generic medicines producer, leveraging its portfolio of more than 1,000 molecules to produce a wide range of generic products in nearly every therapeutic area. In specialty medicines, Teva has a world-leading position in innovative treatments for disorders of the central nervous system, including pain, as well as a strong portfolio of respiratory products. Teva integrates its generics and specialty capabilities in its global research and development division to create new ways of addressing unmet patient needs by combining drug development capabilities with devices, services and technologies. Teva's net revenues in 2015 amounted to $19.7 billion. For more information, visit www.tevapharm.com.
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1CINQAIRTM (reslizumab injection) Product Monograph. Teva Canada Innovation, July 19th, 2016.
2Severe Asthma, The Canadian Patient Journey, A study of the personal, social, medical and economic burden of Severe Asthma in Canada, Asthma Society of Canada, 2014 Accessed June 20, 2016, available at: http://www.asthma.ca/pdfs/SAstudy.pdf
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