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Otsuka – Key Facts
The Otsuka Group is a highly respected global healthcare company with a focus on pharmaceutical products for the treatment of diseases, and consumer products for the maintenance of everyday health. Ranked 20th globally and our corporate philosophy is: ‘Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide’ It was Mr Busaburo Otsuka who founded the first Otsuka Factory in Naruto, Japan, in 1921. Starting out as a small scale manufacturer of chemical raw materials, the company began producing and selling intravenous solutions in 1946, marking its entry into the pharmaceutical products market. Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd was established in 1964 and initiated the development of its own new drugs in 1971. Otsuka’s sustained growth has enabled us to evolve from a small pharmaceutical company, focusing on developing ethical drugs, into a global healthcare corporation with a diverse product range. The Otsuka Group comprises 145 companies in 23 countries and regions worldwide with over 39,000 employees with global sales of approximately €8.27 billion (FY to 31st March 2010). The organisation in Europe was started in 1979 in Spain with the acquisition of Laboratorios Miquel. Sales and marketing businesses in France, Germany, Italy, the Nordic region, Spain and the UK are supported by the regional office of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Europe. Ltd. (OPEL), based in London. The company has been operational in the Nordic and Baltic regions since 2001, with a regional office in Stockholm. Products Otsuka currently markets the following products in the Nordic and Baltic regions:
Pletal® (cilostazol) - a medicinal product for the treatment of intermittent claudication. It is the first and only pharmaceutical approved for the treatment of disease symptoms, with the aim to prolong the stretch of pain-free walking distance.
Adacolumn® apheresis treatment – a unique medical device treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis). Patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease present an increased level of white blood cells such as granulocytes and monocytes, which are known to increase during inflammation. These white blood cells in the blood are reduced through, for the body a mild technique, which in turn reduces their negative effects, and thus leads to an improvement in the patient’s condition.
Samsca® (tolvaptan), the only vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist for the treatment of hyponatreamia (low sodium in the serum) in SIADH (Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone) in adults. SIADH may result from serious diseases such as cancer, infections and head injuries as well as side effect of some drugs. Samsca
influences the very mechanism that is causing hyponatreamia.
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Abilify® (aripiprazol) – for the treatment of patients with for the treatment of patients with schizophrenia and manic depressive episodes of bipolar disorders. It is based on the research conducted by the Swedish Novel Prize winner Arvid Carlsson on the dopamine system. The product has received over 10 distinctions, including that of the most innovative product in USA and Germany1,2. Abilify® is marketed in the Nordic region by our collaborative partner, Bristol Myers Squibb.
The company is currently in preparation for the launch of additional products. Research
The company has 46 research centres worldwide and was ranked 4th in Jpaan in terms of R&D investment with a spend of €1.1 billion (FY to 31st March 2010) . The Tokushima Research Institute and the Frankfurt Research Institute in Germany was started in 1971 and 1982 respectively. The latter is focused on clinical research in Phases I, II, III and IV and provides regulatory and pharmacovigilance servisec to the European business. Fast facts on Otsuka
Ranked 20th globally (Pharmaceutical Executive Europe - May 2010)
Ranked 4th in Japan in terms of R&D investment with a spend of €1,1billion (FY to
Ranked 4th in Japan in Pharmaceutical Sales
An international network of 145 companies
39,000 employees worldwide Operating in 23 countries and regions across Asia-Pacific, the United States, Europe
137 Factories Global sales of approximately $8.2 billion (FY to 31st March 2010).
1 Pharma Barometer, Most Innovative Neurological Product 2005, Innovation Award 2006 and 2007 (Germany)
2 Frost & Sullivan Product Innovation of the Year Award for Antipsychotic Medications 2004 (US)
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Pletal® According to the international guidelines TASC II3, Pletal® (cilostazol) presents the best medical evidence for the treatment of disease symptoms. Over 1.9 million patients have been treated with Pletal worldwide, which is indicated to be a well tolerated and safe treatment alternative. Other clinical studies involving Pletal: 1. Hiatt WR et al. Long-term safety of cilostazol in patients with peripheral artery disease: The CASTLE study. J Vasc Surg 2008;47: 330-336. 2. Beebe HG, Dawson DL, Cutler BS, et al. A new pharmacological treatment for intermittent claudication. Arch Intern Med 1999;159:2041-2050. 3. Thompson PD et al.Meta Analysis of Results from Eight Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trials on the Effect of Cilostazol on Patients Intermittent Claudication. AM J Cardiol 2002; 90: 1314-1319. Adacolumn® apheresis treatment A retrospective study of over 100 patients whom underwent apheresis treatment with Adacolumn at a total of 24 Scandinavian centres showed remission/response in 69% of the patients4. A selection of studies on Adacolumn apheresis treatment is as follows: 1. Maiden L, Takeuchi K, Baur R, Bjarnason I, O´Donohue J, Forgacs I, Chung-Faye G, Sanderson J, Bjarnason Selective White Cell Apheresis Reduces Relapse Rates in Patients with IBD at Significant Risk of Clinical Relapse: Inflammatory Bowel Disease 2008 Oct;14(10):1413-1418. 2. Sauerland S, Habermalz B, Neugebauer E A.M. A Meta-Analysis on the Clinical Effectiveness of Selective Granulocyte and Monocyte Adsorptive (GMA) apheresis with the ADACOLUMN® device in ulcerative colitis: Langenbecks Arch Surg (abstract) 2008; 393:759-815. 3. Hanai, H et al. Intensive Granulocyte and Monocyte Adsorption Versus Intravenous Prednisolone in Patients with Severe Ulcerative Colitis: An Unblinded Randomised Multicentre Controlled Study: Digestive and Liver Disease 2008;40:433-440. 4. Ruuska T, Lähdeaho M-L, Sutas Y, Ashorn M, Grönlund J. Leucocyte apheresis in the treatment of paediatric ulcerative colitis: Scandinavian J. Gastro. 2007;42;1390-1391. 5. Kruis W, Dignass A, Steinhagen-Thiessen E, Morgenstern J, Mössner J, Schreiber S, Vecchi M, Malesci A, Reinshagen M, Löfberg R. Open label trial of granulocyte apheresis suggests therapeutic efficacy in chronically active steroid refractory ulcerative colitis: World Journal of Gastroeneterology 2005;11(44): 7001-7006.
3 TASC II. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2007; 33:suppl 1 4 Granulocyte, Monocyte/macrophage Apheresis for IBD in Clinical Practice. Clinical Results from the First 100 Patients Treated in Scandinavia. T Ljung, OO Thomsen, M Vatn, O Grip, P Karlén, A Kilander, R Gillberg, C
Tysk, R Befrits, SU Nilsson, L N Karlsen, R Löfberg. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology 2007; 42:221-
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Samsca® 1. Verbalis J et al. Hyponatremia Treatment Guidelines 2007: Expert Panel Recommendations. Am J Med 2007;120:S1 – S21. 2. Schrier RW et al. Tolvaptan, a Selective Oral Vasopressin V2-Receptor Antagonist, for Hyponatremia. N Engl J Med 2006;355;2099-2112 Contact information – Otsuka in the Nordic region
Anders Nilsson, Managing Director, Otsuka Pharma Scandinavia AB. Telephone: 08-545 286 60, mobile: 0702-52 02 74, e-mail: [email protected] Charles Cline, Medical Director, Otsuka Pharma Scandinavia AB Telephone: 08-545 286 60, e-mail: [email protected] Mari Liljefors, Communications Director, Otsuka Pharma Scandinavia AB Telephone: 08-545 286 62, mobile: 0702-25 60 37, e-mail: [email protected] For additional information, please visit www.otsukapharma.info Birger Jarlsgatan 39, 111 45 Stockholm Sweden, Tel: +46-8-545-28660 Fax: +46-8-545-28669
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