Chugai Pharma to commercialize Helsinn’s Anamorelin for anorexia-cachexia syndrome in Germany, France, Benelux, UK and Ireland

New Drug Approvals

LUGANO, Switzerland, November 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

Swiss Pharma Group Helsinn seals an alliance with Japanese company Chugai by granting exclusive distribution & licensing rights to commercialize its innovative phase III ghrelin receptor agonist in Germany, France, Benelux, UK andIreland

Swiss-based Helsinn group has granted Chugai Pharma Marketing Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., exclusive commercialization rights to their innovative ghrelin receptor agonist, anamorelin, for the three major European pharma markets.

Anamorelin is a new first-in-class, oral, once daily drug, currently in phase III for the treatment of anorexia-cachexia in NSCLC, a detrimental multifactorial disorder that affects over 50% of people with cancer and in which systemic inflammation, reduced food intake and altered metabolism contribute to loss of muscle mass and reduction of body weight leading to reduced quality of life, functional impairment and decreased survival.

  • Anamorelin is a synthetic orally active ghrelin receptor agonist which…

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