ThromboGenics’ JETREA® Gains First Asian Approval in Malaysia
News Apr 22, 2014
ThromboGenics NV has announced that JETREA® (ocriplasmin) has been approved in Malaysia for the treatment of adults with vitreomacular traction (VMT), including when associated with macular hole of diameter less than or equal to 400 microns. The approval, the first in Asia, was gained following a Priority Review that was granted in September 2013.
ThromboGenics’ licensing partner Alcon, the global leader in eye health, holds the commercialization rights to JETREA® outside the US and will be responsible for the launch of the drug in Malaysia, the first market in Asia.
Alcon, the second largest division of Novartis, acquired the rights to commercialize JETREA® outside the United States in March 2012.
Alcon has already launched JETREA® in Europe; this novel pharmacological treatment is available and reimbursed in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Ireland and The Netherlands. JETREA® is also available and reimbursed in Canada. In Europe, patients in Belgium, France, Spain and Italy have also been treated with JETREA®.
ThromboGenics is commercializing the drug in the US where it is approved for the treatment of patients with symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion (VMA).
Dr Patrik De Haes, CEO of ThromboGenics, says: “The approval of JETREA® in Malaysia, the first in Asia, is a further important milestone in ensuring the global availability of this novel medicine. We are optimistic that, in time, JETREA® will become the treatment of choice for the earlier treatment of patients with VMT in Asia.”
Key Ingredient in Diabetes Drug Modified to Improve Side EffectsNews
Improved medications for Type 2 diabetes are one step closer thanks to a new discovery reported this week. By modifying the key ingredient in current diabetes drugs, the researchers produced a compound that was effective for hyperglycemia in animal trials, yet without the most problematic side effects of current drugs.READ MORE
Tackling Cancer at Ground Zero: Designer Molecule Inhibits Protein TargetNews
A new molecule designed by University of Adelaide researchers shows great promise for future treatment of many cancers. The new molecule successfully targets a protein that plays a major role in the growth of most cancers.READ MORE