Deerfield, Ill., April 25, 2012, and Osaka, Japan, April 26, 2012 – Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Takeda Global Research & Development Center, Inc. today announced that the company received a complete response letter from the United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding New Drug Applications (NDAs) for alogliptin and fixed-dose combination (FDC) alogliptin and pioglitazone.
Recently, Takeda provided postmarketing data from outside the U.S., and has been in discussion with the FDA. The FDA has requested additional data which Takeda believes it can supply to the Agency from postmarketing data from outside the U.S., as well as data from its ongoing clinical trial program.
“We will immediately request a meeting with the FDA to determine the appropriate next steps and are committed to addressing outstanding issues. We remain confident in the benefit that alogliptin will bring to patients with type 2 diabetes in the U.S., if approved,” said Thomas Harris, vice president, regulatory affairs, Takeda Global Research & Development Center, Inc. “Takeda has built a strong foundation in and maintained a robust focus on diabetes over the past 20 years, and we will continue to invest in developing a diverse range of innovative products for the growing type 2 diabetes population.”
Alogliptin is a selective dipeptidyl peptidase IV inhibitor (DPP-4i) under investigation in the U.S. for the treatment of type 2 diabetes as an adjunct to diet and exercise. Alogliptin is designed to slow the inactivation of incretin hormones GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) and GIP (glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide), which play roles in regulating blood glucose levels. The FDC alogliptin and pioglitazone combines two complementary agents with distinct mechanisms of action, and if approved, will be the first type 2 diabetes treatment option in the U.S. to include both a DPP-4i and the thiazolidinedione (TZD) pioglitazone in a single tablet. Pioglitazone-containing medicines have been available in the U.S. since 1999 for the treatment of type 2 diabetes as an adjunct to diet and exercise.
The most common adverse events (≥5% and greater than placebo) reported in the alogliptin phase 3 program include headache, urinary tract infection, nasopharyngitis, and upper respiratory tract infection. With regard to the co-administration of alogliptin and pioglitazone, common adverse events (≥5%) reported include nasopharyngitis, back pain, urinary tract infection, and influenza.
Takeda will share material information about the next steps when it becomes possible to do so.
About Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and has reached epidemic proportions globally. In fact, more than 23 million Americans 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. The global health care expenditures for diabetes were estimated at $376 billion in 2010. By 2030, this number is projected to exceed $490 billion.
About Alogliptin and Alogliptin and Pioglitazone
Alogliptin is a DPP-4i being investigated in the U.S., as an adjunct to diet and exercise, for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. DPP-4 inhibitors address insulin deficiency by slowing 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. An NDA for alogliptin 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 currently available under the brand name NESINA® in this market.
Alogliptin and pioglitazone is an FDC therapy, which combines alogliptin and pioglitazone in a single tablet, in development for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults as an adjunct to diet and exercise. Pioglitazone is a TZD that directly addresses insulin resistance, a condition in which the body does not efficiently use the insulin it produces to control blood glucose levels, and is approved in adults for the treatment of type 2 diabetes as an adjunct to diet and exercise. An NDA for the alogliptin and pioglitazone FDC was approved in July 2011 by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, and the therapy is currently available under the brand name LIOVEL® in this market.
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.tpna.com.
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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