Tezspire (tezepelumab) can now be used to treat bronchial asthma in patients with severe or refractory disease in whom asthma symptoms cannot be controlled with mid- or high-dose inhaled corticosteroids and other long-term maintenance therapies, AstraZeneca said in a Sept. 27 press release.
The British pharma giant added that approval by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) was backed by data from data from the PATHFINDER clinical trial program, which included a phase 3 trial called NAVIGATOR.
“Tezspire is the first and only biologic approved by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare that has been shown to consistently and significantly reduce attacks in exacerbation trials in a broad population of severe asthma patients irrespective of biomarker levels,” said Mene Pangalos, executive vice president, BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca.
Earlier in September, Tezspire was approved in the EU as an add-on maintenance therapy for patients 12 years and older with severe asthma. The drug is already approved in the U.S. and certain other countries for treating severe asthma.
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