"We are looking forward to the next phase of our successful partnership with Takeda," said Michael Goettler, regional president of Asia-Pacific and Japan Head, Specialty Care Business Unit, Pfizer. "We are proud of our current inflammation product portfolio, and excited about the prospect of bringing new innovative treatments to our patients."
Enbrel® binds with tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha - a cytokine*), inhibiting its activity, and with lymphotoxin alpha (another cytokine), and reduces RA inflammation. The drug is currently approved in over 80 countries worldwide and is used by over 600,000 patients, including patients using the drug for indications other than RA.
Tofacitinib is a novel, oral Janus kinase (JAK)** inhibitor that is being investigated as a targeted immunomodulator in RA, psoriasis and other indications. Unlike current therapies for RA, tofacitinib takes a novel approach, targeting the intracellular signaling pathways that operate as hubs in the inflammatory cytokine network. Currently, in Japan, Pfizer is carrying out Phase 3 clinical trials of the investigational drug for RA and, in other countries, the company is also studying tofacitinib in psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
"With these new contracts, we will be able to further strengthen our initiatives in the rheumatoid arthritis field," said Yasuhiko Yamanaka, a member of the board, senior vice president, Pharmaceutical Marketing Division of Takeda. "Takeda and Pfizer together provide Enbrel to patients suffering from RA, and if the development program is successful, we look forward to offering a new treatment option. We are committed to further contribution to treatments for RA therapy."
* A generic name for proteins which are released from cells and mediate cell-cell interactions. They play a key role in immunity, inflammation and biological defense.
** Tyrosine kinase is related to autoimmune diseases, such as RA, and plays a key role in signaling related to cell growth and differentiation (tyrosine kinase: an enzyme which adds phosphoric acid to tyrosine, one of amino acids that make up proteins)
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Pfizer Japan Inc. has been working for a healthier world by providing pharmaceutical and animal health products since our establishment in 1953. We provide drugs that cover a wide range of disease categories, including cardiovascular, inflammation, central nervous system, infectious disease, urology, ophthalmology, oncology, endocrinology and vaccine etc.
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