Indications for renal anemia associated with chronic kidney disease in both dialysis-dependent and non-dialysis-dependent adult patients

TOKYO, Japan & PRINCETON, NJ, USA I March 30, 2021 I Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Otsuka) announces that its collaborator Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. (Akebia) has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S. (FDA) seeking approval for Akebia’s investigational drug vadadustat as an oral medication for the treatment of renal anemia due to chronic kidney disease (CKD) in adult patients who receive dialysis and those who do not receive dialysis.

Kabir Nath, senior managing director, Global Pharmaceutical Business, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., noted, “Kidney-related diseases were long a dormant area for drug research, but this has changed in the past decade and thankfully drug candidates such as vadadustat are now emerging from the R&D process. We look forward to continuing the journey to strengthen our nephrology portfolio and honor our commitment to changing the standard of care worldwide for people living with chronic kidney diseases.”

In 2016, Otsuka and Akebia signed a collaboration and license agreement for vadadustat in the U.S. The two companies subsequently signed a collaboration and license Agreement in 2017 for vadadustat in certain other areas. The two companies share development rights in Europe. Contingent on regulatory approvals, Otsuka has exclusive rights to market this drug in Europe, Canada, Australia and China and certain other areas, but excluding Japan and Latin America.

About Akebia’s Vadadustat

Vadadustat is an oral hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl hydroxylase (HIF-PH) inhibitor designed to mimic the physiologic effect of altitude on oxygen availability. At higher altitudes, the body responds to lower oxygen availability with stabilization of hypoxia-inducible factor, which can lead to increased red blood cell production and improved oxygen delivery to tissues.

Vadadustat recently completed its global Phase 3 development program for the treatment of anemia due to CKD. Vadadustat is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or any regulatory authority with the exception of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. In Japan, vadadustat is approved and marketed under the trade name Vafseo™, as a treatment for anemia due to CKD in both dialysis-dependent and non-dialysis-dependent adult patients.

About Otsuka

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. is a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy: “Otsuka–people creating new products for better health worldwide.” Otsuka researches, develops, manufactures, and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs and nutraceutical products for the maintenance of everyday health.

In pharmaceuticals, Otsuka is a leader in the challenging areas of mental, renal and cardiovascular health and has additional research programs in oncology and on several under-addressed diseases including tuberculosis, a significant global public health issue. These commitments illustrate how Otsuka is a “big venture” company at heart, applying a youthful spirit of creativity in everything it does.

Otsuka established a presence in the U.S. in 1973 and today its U.S. affiliates include Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC) and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI). These two companies’ 1,700 employees in the U.S. develop and commercialize medicines in the areas of mental health, nephrology, and cardiology, using cutting-edge technology to address unmet healthcare needs.

OPDC and OAPI are indirect subsidiaries of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The Otsuka group of companies employed 47,000 people worldwide and had consolidated sales of approximately USD 13.3 billion in 2020.

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