Amgen Astellas BioPharma K.K. (Headquarters, Tokyo; President and Representative Director: Steve Sugino, “Amgen Astellas”) and Astellas Pharma Inc. (Headquarters, Tokyo; President and CEO: Yoshihiko Hatanaka, “Astellas”) today announced the launch of Repatha® SC Injection 420 mg Auto Mini Doser (AMD), an additional dosage formulation to Repatha® SC Injection 140 mg Syringe and Pen. Repatha® is the first proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor in Japan for the treatment of patients with familial hypercholesterolemia or hypercholesterolemia who have high risk of cardiovascular events and do not adequately respond to HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins).
The new Repatha® SC Injection 420 mg AMD is a new dosage form consisting of a compact, palm-sized device with prefilled cartridge and a dedicated injection system. While the conventional syringes and pens required three subcutaneous injections of 140 mg to administer 420 mg, Repatha® SC Injection 420 AMD delivers a single dose in 9 minutes with a hands-free delivery system, allowing the patient to walk, stretch their arms, bend at the waist, or do other moderate everyday activities. Another characteristic of the product design is the needle which stays hidden during administration.
“For patients with high risk of cardiovascular events despite treatment with widely used statins, Repatha® provides an important treatment option,” said Tamio Teramoto, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Teikyo Academic Research Center. “While the pen device is already an elegant and friendly mode of administration for Repatha® , the new AMD is a welcome development not only because it further improves convenience for patients but it will also help alleviate the emotional stress that many patients have felt of piercing themselves with a needle.”
Repatha® SC Injection 420 mg Auto Mini Doser (AMD)
Repatha® (evolocumab) is a human monoclonal antibody that inhibits proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9). Repatha® binds to PCSK9 and inhibits circulating PCSK9 from binding to the low density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor (LDLR), preventing PCSK9-mediated LDLR degradation and permitting LDLR to recycle back to the liver cell surface. By inhibiting the binding of PCSK9 to LDLR, Repatha® increases the number of LDLRs available to clear LDL from the blood, thereby lowering LDL-C levels.
Repatha® is approved in more than 50 countries, including the U.S., Japan, Canada and in all 28 countries that are members of the EU. Applications in other countries are pending.
Important Japan Product Information
Repatha® SC Injection [generic name evolocumab (genetically recombination)] has the following indications.
Familial hypercholesterolemia, Hypercholesterolemia Only when patients who have high risk in cardiovascular events and do not adequately respond to HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors
Precautions Related to Indications
- Prior to Repatha therapy, patients should undergo adequate medical examination and tests to confirm a diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolemia or hypercholesterolemia.
- In patients with non-familial hypercholesterolemia, the use of Repatha should be considered for patients with high risk of cardiovascular events based on confirmed risk factors e.g. comorbid conditions including coronary artery disease, non-cardiogenic cerebral infarction, peripheral arterial disease, diabetes mellitus and chronic renal disease or medical history
Dosage and Administration
Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia and Hypercholesterolemia：
[Repatha® SC Injection 140 mg Syringe/Pen]
In general, for adults, evolocumab (genetically recombination) of 140 mg is administrated every 2 weeks or evolocumab of 420 mg is administrated every 4 weeks subcutaneously.
[Repatha® SC Injection 420 mg AMD]
In general, for adults, evolocumab (genetically recombination) of 420 mg is administrated every 4 weeks subcutaneously.
Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia：
In general, for adults, 420 mg of evolocumab (genetical recombination) is administrated subcutaneously every 4 weeks. In case of insufficient response, 420 mg of evolocumab can be administered subcutaneously every 2 weeks. If evolocumab is administered as adjunctive therapy for patients with LDL apheresis, as starting dose, 420 mg of evolocumab can be administered subcutaneously every 2 weeks.
Precautions Related to Dosage and Administration
Repatha should be administered in combination with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor-based lipid lowering therapy. [The efficacy and safety of Repatha monotherapy in Japanese patients have not been established.]
* For more information, please see the latest Japan Prescribing Information.
* The Notification #1215 (issued December 15, 2017) issued by Medical Affairs Division of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare sets forth the points to be considered when using this drug under the coverage of the National Health Insurance.
About Amgen Astellas BioPharma
Amgen Astellas BioPharma K.K.（http://www.aabp.co.jp/jp/） is a Japanese company that began operations on October 1, 2013, to provide breakthrough-science-based medicines to help address unmet medical needs of patients in Japan. The company is a joint venture between Amgen, one of the world’s leading independent biotechnology companies, and Astellas Pharma Inc., a leading Tokyo-based R&D oriented global pharmaceutical company.
AABP has grown into an organization with over 400 employees and comprehensive functions to be fully operational as a marketing authorization holder in Japan. The joint venture will become a wholly-owned Amgen affiliate as soon as 2020.
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.
Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
Astellas Pharma Inc., based in Tokyo, Japan, is a company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. We focus on Urology, Oncology, Immunology, Nephrology and Neuroscience as prioritized therapeutic areas while advancing new therapeutic areas and discovery research leveraging new technologies/modalities. We are also creating new value by combining internal capabilities and external expertise in the medical/healthcare business. Astellas is on the forefront of healthcare change to turn innovative science into value for patients. For more information, please visit our website at https://www.astellas.com/en.
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