BRAINTREE, Mass. & PARIS -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY), a global specialty-driven pharmaceutical group and Braintree Laboratories, Inc., a US-based company specializing in the development, manufacturing and marketing of specialty pharmaceuticals announced today that Eziclen® / Izinova® (BLI-800)1 successfully completed its European decentralized registration procedure involving sixteen countries. The product will be indicated in adults for bowel cleansing prior to any procedure requiring a clean bowel (e.g. bowel visualization including bowel endoscopy and radiology or surgical procedure).
Each Member States [France (reference member state), Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and UK] should now adopt a national decision within 30 days. In practice the grant of the national marketing authorization may vary from one to several months.
Jean Fabre, Senior Vice-President Intercontinental Operations and Franchise “Primary Care”, Ipsen stated: “The completion of the decentralized procedure for Eziclen®/Izinova® (BLI-800) is an important step forward to national marketing authorizations in Europe. The availability of Eziclen®/Izinova® (BLI-800) will provide physicians and patients with a valuable agent for pre-colonoscopy colonic cleansing, particularly in the screening of colorectal cancer. This decision gives also perspectives for our plant in Dreux where Eziclen®/Izinova® will be manufactured.”
Harry Keegan, President of Braintree Laboratories, Inc. stated: “Braintree looks forward to the introduction of this important product to European physicians and patients. Braintree is excited and enthusiastic to continue our relationship with Ipsen..
About the condition
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Western countries. Colorectal-cancer mortality and incidence are reduced with survey programs, and colonoscopy is recommended in that objective. The quality of bowel cleansing is key for the efficiency of colonoscopy (detection rate), as well as other visualization techniques (videocapsule) and current endoscopic therapies as polypectomy, endoscopic mucosal resection.
About Eziclen® / Izinova®
Eziclen® / Izinova® a new bowel cleansing preparation, is a sulphate-based formulation (sodium, magnesium and potassium sulphates).
Izinova® / Eziclen® (BLI800) was developed in the USA by Braintree and has been approved by the FDA since 2010. Launched in the US in September 2010, BLI800 (SUPREP® Bowel Prep Kit) has gained acceptance in the hyper competitive U.S. colonoscopy preparation market.
About the agreement between Ipsen and Braintree
In 2009, Ipsen acquired the exclusive manufacturing, marketing and distribution rights of Braintree’s proprietary formulation BLI-800. The agreement covers countries within the European Union, Commonwealth of Independent States, selected Asian countries (including China) and some North African countries.
Braintree is a United States based specialty pharmaceutical company formed in 1982. Braintree has been an innovative development company which has developed drugs in gastroenterology, nephrology, primary care and pediatrics. The company has commercial operations in the United State including development, manufacturing and sales. Braintree works through licensees and distributors outside the United States.
Ipsen is a global specialty-driven pharmaceutical company with total sales exceeding €1.2 billion in 2012. Ipsen’s ambition is to become a leader in specialty healthcare solutions for targeted debilitating diseases. Its development strategy is supported by 3 franchises: neurology, endocrinology and uro-oncology. Moreover, the Group has an active policy of partnerships. Ipsen's R&D is focused on its innovative and differentiated technological platforms, peptides and toxins. In 2011, R&D expenditure totalled more than €250 million, above 21% of Group sales. The Group has total worldwide staff of close to 4,500 employees. Ipsen’s shares are traded on segment A of Euronext Paris (stock code: IPN, ISIN code: FR0010259150) and eligible to the “Service de Règlement Différé” (“SRD”). The Group is part of the SBF 120 index. Ipsen has implemented a Sponsored Level I American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program, which trade on the over-the-counter market in the United States under the symbol IPSEY. For more information on Ipsen, visit www.ipsen.com.
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1 The drug will be registered under the trade name Eziclen® in the large majority of the concerned EU countries and under the name Izinova® in the other few countries including France & UK