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Company name: DAIICHI SANKYO COMPANY, LIMITED
Representative: Joji Nakayama, Representative Director, President and CEO
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Daiichi Sankyo Receives Approval for Additional Indications of LIXIANA® (edoxaban) in Japan
Tokyo, Japan, September 26, 2014 – Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited (hereafter, Daiichi Sankyo) today announced that it received approval from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan for LIXIANA® (JAN: Edoxaban Tosilate Hydrate, INN: edoxaban) for the prevention of ischemic stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) and for the treatment and recurrence prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) [deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary thromboembolism].
LIXIANA was approved in Japan in April 2011, for the prevention of VTE after major orthopedic surgery and was launched in July 2011.1 Daiichi Sankyo has also filed for approval of once-daily edoxaban in both the U.S. and EU for the prevention of stroke in NVAF and for symptomatic VTE in patients with DVT and/or pulmonary embolism (PE).2, 3
About Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition in which the heartbeat is rapid and irregular, and can potentially lead to a stroke.4 AF is a common condition, affecting approximately 2.3-3.4% of people in developed nations.5 AF affects approximately 6 million people in the EU,6 approximately 6.1 million people in the U.S.,7 approximately 1.5 million people in Brazil,8 and more than 800,000 people in Japan.9 Stroke due to all causes is the second most common cause of death worldwide, responsible for approximately 6.2 million deaths each year.10 Compared to those without AF, people with the arrhythmia have a 3-5 times higher risk of stroke.5 Strokes due to AF are nearly twice as likely to be fatal than strokes in patients without AF at 30 days11 and have poorer prognosis than non-AF related strokes, with a 50% increased risk of remaining disabled at three months.12
About Venous Thromboembolism
VTE is an umbrella term for two conditions, DVT and PE. DVT is a blood clot found anywhere in the deep veins of the legs, while PE occurs when part of a clot detaches and lodges in the pulmonary arteries, causing a potentially fatal condition.13 VTE is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide with an annual incidence estimated at one per 1,000 (with some age and regional variation).14 In Japan, there is an estimated annual incidence of 0.19% for DVT and 0.05% for PE.15 In the EU, it is estimated that 430,000 PE events, 680,000 DVT events and 540,000 deaths occur each year.16 In the U.S., it is estimated that more than 950,000 VTE events and approximately 300,000 VTE related deaths occur each year.17,18
Edoxaban is an investigational, oral, once-daily anticoagulant that specifically inhibits factor Xa, which is an important factor in the coagulation system that leads to blood clotting.19 The global edoxaban clinical trial program includes two phase 3 clinical studies, Hokusai-VTE and ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 (Effective aNticoaGulation with factor xA next GEneration in Atrial Fibrillation), which included nearly 30,000 patients combined. The results from these trials form the basis of regulatory filings for edoxaban for symptomatic VTE in patients with DVT and/or PE, and for the prevention of stroke in NVAF, respectively.20,21 Edoxaban is currently under regulatory review in the U.S. and EU for these indications.
About Daiichi Sankyo
Daiichi Sankyo Group is dedicated to the creation and supply of innovative pharmaceutical products to address the diversified, unmet medical needs of patients in both mature and emerging markets. While maintaining its portfolio of marketed pharmaceuticals for hypertension, dyslipidemia and bacterial infections used by patients around the world, the Group has also launched treatments for thrombotic disorders and is building new product franchises. Furthermore, Daiichi Sankyo research and development is focused on bringing forth novel therapies in oncology and cardiovascular-metabolic diseases, including biologics. The Daiichi Sankyo Group has created a "Hybrid Business Model," to respond to market and customer diversity and optimize growth opportunities across the value chain. For more information, please visit: www.daiichisankyo.com.
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