FDA Approves Nesina
Takeda Receives FDA Approval for Nesina (alogliptin) for Type 2 Diabetes
DEERFIELD, Ill. and OSAKA, Japan, Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. today announced that the United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Nesina (alogliptin) for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults as adjuncts to diet and exercise.
"Takeda is pleased with the FDA approval of Nesina for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, a therapeutic category in which we have more than twenty years of clinical and patient experience," said Douglas Cole, president, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. "Millions of people are affected by diabetes and, as a leader in the diabetes arena, Takeda is dedicated to working to advance patient care and helping to meet the needs of this growing patient population."
Nesina is a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor (DPP-4i) that is designed to slow the inactivation of incretin hormones GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) and GIP (glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide).
The most common adverse events (greater than or equal to 4%) reported with Nesina include nasopharyngitis, headache and upper respiratory tract infection.
Takeda is committed to providing type 2 diabetes patients with treatment options that help address their needs, and is planning to commercially launch Nesina in the summer of 2013.
Takeda's consolidated financial statements for the 2012 fiscal year will not be impacted by the FDA approvals.
Clinical Trial Program
U.S.-based Takeda Global Research & Development Center, Inc. conducted worldwide placebo- and active-controlled clinical trials of Nesina involving more than 13,000 patients. The safety and efficacy of Nesina was studied as a once-daily monotherapy and in combination with several other classes of anti-diabetic medications, including biguanides, TZDs, insulin and sulfonylureas. In these studies, Nesina 25 mg, taken once daily, demonstrated clinically meaningful and statistically significant improvements in hemoglobin A1C compared to placebo.
About Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes affecting millions of people globally. In fact, more than 23 million people in the U.S. alone currently live with the disease. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive and chronic condition and patients should work with a health care professional to manage and monitor their disease. In addition to diet and exercise, patients often need to take multiple medications in order to help them manage their blood glucose levels. According to the International Diabetes Federation, the global health care expenditures for diabetes (both type 1 and 2) were estimated at $471.6 billion in 2012. By 2030, this number is projected to exceed $595 billion.
Nesina is a DPP-4i for the treatment of type 2 diabetes as an adjunct to diet and exercise. DPP-4is slow the inactivation of incretin hormones GLP-1 and GIP. As a result, an increased amount of active incretins enables the pancreas to secrete insulin in a glucose-dependent manner, thereby assisting in the management of blood glucose levels. A New Drug Application (NDA) for Nesina was approved in April 2010 by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, and the therapy is available under the same brand name in Japan.
Nesina is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Nesina is not for treatment of type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.
Important Safety Information
Nesina is contraindicated in patients with a history of serious hypersensitivity reaction to any of the components of these products, such as anaphylaxis, angioedema, or severe cutaneous adverse reactions.
Warnings and Precautions for Nesina
Acute pancreatitis: There have been postmarketing reports of acute pancreatitis. If pancreatitis is suspected, promptly discontinue Nesina.
Hypersensitivity: There have been postmarketing reports of serious hypersensitivity reactions in patients treated with alogliptin such as anaphylaxis, angioedema or severe cutaneous adverse reactions. In such cases, promptly discontinue Nesina, assess for other potential causes, institute appropriate monitoring and treatment, and initiate alternative treatment for diabetes. Use caution in a patient with a history of angioedema with another DPP-4i because it is unknown whether such patients will be predisposed to angioedema.
Hepatic effects: Postmarketing reports of hepatic failure, sometimes fatal. Causality cannot be excluded. Baseline liver test panel is recommended. If liver injury is detected, promptly interrupt Nesina and assess patient for probable cause, then treat cause if possible, to resolution or stabilization. Do not restart Nesina if liver injury is confirmed and no alternate etiology can be found. Use with caution in patients with liver disease.
Hypoglycemia: Insulin and insulin secretagogues are known to cause hypoglycemia. A lower dose of the insulin or insulin secretagogue may be required to minimize the risk when used in combination with Nesina.
Macrovascular outcomes: There have been no clinical studies establishing conclusive evidence of macrovascular risk reduction with Nesina or any other anti-diabetic drug.
Most common adverse reactions (greater than or equal to 4% of patients treated with Nesina 25 mg and more frequently than in patients who received placebo) were nasopharyngitis (4.4%), headache (4.2%), and upper respiratory tract infection (4.2%).
Please see Full Prescribing Information, including Medication Guide, for Nesina.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. and Takeda Global Research & Development Center, Inc.
Based in Deerfield, Ill., Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. and Takeda Global Research & Development Center, Inc. are subsidiaries of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan. The respective companies currently market oral diabetes, insomnia, rheumatology, gastroenterology, and cardiovascular treatments and seek to bring innovative products to patients through a pipeline that includes compounds in development for metabolic and cardiovascular disease, gastroenterology, neurology and other conditions. To learn more about these Takeda companies, visit www.takeda.us.
About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
Located in Osaka, Japan, Takeda is a research-based global company with its main focus on pharmaceuticals. As the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and one of the global leaders of the industry, Takeda is committed to strive towards better health for patients worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. Additional information about Takeda is available through its corporate website, www.takeda.com.
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Posted: January 2013
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