Takeda and Sucampo Enter Into Global Licensing Agreement for AMITIZA(R) (lubiprostone)
Takeda Gains Exclusive Rights to AMITIZA Beyond U.S. and Canada for All Markets Except Japan and China
BETHESDA, Md., October 21, 2014 and OSAKA, Japan, October 22, 2014
(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Sucampo)
(Nasdaq:SCMP), a global biopharmaceutical company, and Takeda
Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda) today announced that on October
17, 2014, they entered into a global license, development,
commercialization and supply agreement for AMITIZA(R) (lubiprostone).
Through this agreement, Takeda expanded its exclusive rights beyond the
United States (U.S.) and Canada to further develop and commercialize
AMITIZA in all global markets, except Japan and the People's Republic
"Takeda is committed to being a patient and customer-centric
organization, making quality health products available to the patients
who need them. Through this agreement, AMITIZA can now be made
available to patients worldwide," said Shinji Honda, Senior Managing
Director and Corporate Strategy Officer. "Takeda forms partnerships to
advance science and to provide innovative treatment options for
patients, and this global agreement is an excellent example. This
global collaboration leverages the expertise we have established
through our gastroenterology portfolio of products."
"The expansion of our collaboration with Takeda represents a critical
step forward with our strategic plan and is the natural evolution of
our partnership with them for North America," said Peter Greenleaf,
Chief Executive Officer of Sucampo. "This agreement allows Sucampo to
remain focused on our strengths in drug development while allowing us
to make AMITIZA available to more patients in need around the world. We
are confident that with the combination of their extensive experience
with AMITIZA and proven global infrastructure, that Takeda will build
the brand in new global markets as they have done in the U.S., where
AMITIZA continues to grow steadily."
Under the terms of the agreement, Sucampo will receive an upfront
payment of $14 million from Takeda and will also be eligible for up to
$35 million in additional commercial milestones contingent on the
achievement of certain net sales revenue targets. Additionally, Sucampo
will be the exclusive supplier of AMITIZA to Takeda at an agreed-upon
Takeda will be responsible for all development activities and costs,
with Sucampo assuming responsibility for the first $6 million in
development expenses. In addition, Takeda will become the marketing
authorization holder and will be responsible for all commercialization
and regulatory activities.
About AMITIZA (lubiprostone)
AMITIZA (lubiprostone) is a prostone and is a locally acting chloride
channel activator, indicated in the United States for the treatment of
chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) in adults and opioid-induced
constipation (OIC) in adults with chronic, non-cancer pain (24 mcg
twice daily). The effectiveness in patients with OIC taking
diphenylheptane opioids (e.g., methadone) has not been established.
AMITIZA is also indicated in the U.S. for irritable bowel syndrome with
constipation (IBS-C) (8 mcg twice daily) in women 18 years of age and
Important Safety Information
-- AMITIZA (lubiprostone) is contraindicated in patients with known or
suspected mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction. Patients with symptoms
suggestive of mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction should be
thoroughly evaluated by the treating healthcare provider (HCP) to confirm
the absence of such an obstruction prior to initiating AMITIZA treatment.
-- Patients taking AMITIZA may experience nausea. If this occurs,
concomitant administration of food with AMITIZA may reduce symptoms of
nausea. Patients who experience severe nausea should inform their HCP.
-- AMITIZA should not be prescribed to patients that have severe diarrhea.
Patients should be aware of the possible occurrence of diarrhea during
treatment. Patients should be instructed to discontinue AMITIZA and
inform their HCP if severe diarrhea occurs.
-- Patients taking AMITIZA may experience dyspnea within an hour of first
dose. This symptom generally resolves within three hours, but may recur
with repeat dosing. Patients who experience dyspnea should inform their
HCP. Some patients have discontinued therapy because of dyspnea.
-- In clinical trials of AMITIZA (24 mcg twice daily vs placebo; N=1113 vs
N=316, respectively) in patients with CIC, the most common adverse
reactions (incidence > 4%) were nausea (29% vs 3%), diarrhea (12% vs
1%), headache (11% vs 5%), abdominal pain (8% vs 3%), abdominal
distension (6% vs 2%), and flatulence (6% vs 2%).
-- In clinical trials of AMITIZA (24 mcg twice daily vs placebo; N=860 vs
N=632, respectively) in patients with OIC, the most common adverse
reactions (incidence >4%) were nausea (11% vs 5%) and diarrhea (8% vs
-- In clinical trials of AMITIZA (8 mcg twice daily vs placebo; N=1011 vs
N=435, respectively) in patients with IBS-C the most common adverse
reactions (incidence > 4%) were nausea (8% vs 4%), diarrhea (7% vs
4%), and abdominal pain (5% vs 5%).
-- Concomitant use of diphenylheptane opioids (e.g., methadone) may
interfere with the efficacy of AMITIZA.
-- The safety of AMITIZA in pregnancy has not been evaluated in humans.
Based on animal data, AMITIZA may cause fetal harm. AMITIZA should be
used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the
potential risk to the fetus. Caution should be exercised when AMITIZA is
administered to a nursing woman. Advise nursing women to monitor infants
-- Reduce the dosage in CIC and OIC patients with moderate and severe
hepatic impairment. Reduce the dosage in IBS-C patients with severe
Please see the Full Prescribing Information here. For further
information on AMITIZA, please visit www.sucampo.com/products.
About Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is focused on the development and
commercialization of medicines that meet major unmet medical needs of
patients worldwide. Sucampo has two marketed products - AMITIZA(R) and
RESCULA(R) - and a pipeline of product candidates in clinical
development. A global company, Sucampo is headquartered in Bethesda,
Maryland, and has operations in Japan, Switzerland and the United
Kingdom. For more information, please visit www.sucampo.com.
The Sucampo logo is the registered trademark and the tagline, The
Science of Innovation, is a pending trademark of Sucampo AG. AMITIZA is
a registered trademark of Sucampo AG. RESCULA is a registered trademark
of R-Tech Ueno, Ltd, and has been licensed to Sucampo AG.
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company in Japan and one of the global leaders of the industry, Takeda
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