MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALXA) today announced that ADASUVE® inhalation powder, pre-dispensed (loxapine) is now available in the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland). Grupo Ferrer Internacional, S.A. ("Ferrer") is commercializing ADASUVE in the Nordic countries through a distribution agreement with Medivir AB. Ferrer is Alexza's commercial partner for ADASUVE in the Europe, Latin America and the Commonwealth of Independent States countries.
"With the launch of ADASUVE in the Nordic Countries, Ferrer is continuing to execute on its planned commercial launch. We are very pleased with their progress in making ADASUVE available in the EU," said Thomas B. King, President and CEO of Alexza. "Manufacturing finished product for our commercial partners is one of Alexza's key priorities and we continue to support the global introduction of ADASUVE."
Alexza received marketing authorization for ADASUVE from the European Commission in February 2013. ADASUVE is the first inhalation therapy for the rapid control of mild-to-moderate agitation in adult patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder authorized for marketing in the EU. The marketing authorization for ADASUVE requires that patients receive regular treatment immediately after administration of the product to control acute agitation symptoms. It also requires that ADASUVE be administered only in a hospital setting under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Short-acting beta-agonist bronchodilator treatment should be available for treatment of possible severe respiratory side effects, such as bronchospasm.
Alexza and Ferrer estimate that as many as 8 million adults in the EU alone suffer from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder1. Agitation is a common symptom for these patients2, characterized by feelings of distress, anxiety and loss of control.
Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Ferrer are parties to the collaboration agreement for ADASUVE pursuant to which Alexza, as the exclusive supplier of ADASUVE, is responsible for all aspects of manufacture of the product in its Mountain View, California facility. Ferrer is expected to launch ADASUVE in additional EU countries in 2014 and 2015.
About ADASUVE (Staccato® loxapine)
ADASUVE combines Alexza's proprietary Staccato system with loxapine, an antipsychotic medicinal product. The Staccato system is a hand-held inhaler that delivers a drug aerosol to the deep lung that results in intravenous-like pharmacokinetics and rapid systemic effects.
ADASUVE has been approved for marketing in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and in the EU by the European Commission. The authorization for ADASUVE in the EU differs from that in the United States, with respect to the indication statement, dose regimen, available dose strengths, and risk mitigation and management plans.
Founded in 1959, Ferrer is a privately-held European R&D-based pharmaceutical company headquartered in Barcelona. It is active in the pharmaceutical, health, fine chemicals and food sectors in Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. In total, Ferrer's human healthcare products are commercialized in more than 90 countries, through 27 international affiliates (including joint ventures) and 70 partners and distributors.
Ferrer carries out activities throughout the full pharmaceutical value chain, from R&D to international marketing, including fine chemical development and the manufacturing of both raw materials and finished pharmaceuticals. Its research centers in Spain and Germany, and manufacturing sites in Europe and Latin America cover the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, vaccine, fine chemical, food and feed sectors.
Alexza Pharmaceuticals is focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel, proprietary products for the acute treatment of central nervous system conditions. Alexza's products are based on the Staccato® system, a hand-held inhaler designed to deliver a drug aerosol to the deep lung, providing rapid systemic delivery and therapeutic onset, in a simple, non-invasive manner.
ADASUVE®, Alexza's first commercial product, has been approved for sale by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Commission. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. is Alexza's commercial partner for ADASUVE in the U.S. Grupo Ferrer Internacional S.A. is Alexza's commercial partner for ADASUVE in Europe, Latin America and the Commonwealth of Independent States countries.
ADASUVE® and Staccato® are registered trademarks of Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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Wittchen H.U., et al., 2011. The size and burden of mental disorders and other disorders of the brain in Europe 2010. Eur. Neuropsychopharmacol. 21, 655-679.
Alexza data on file (primary market research among caregivers of patients with schizophrenia and bipolar patients).