Pharma Focus Asia

Zubsolv® Receives Authorization for Treatment of Opioid Dependence in Europe

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Orexo AB (publ.) today announce that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted a Marketing Authorization (MA) for Zubsolv (buprenorphine and naloxone), a novel rapidly-disintegrating treatment option for opioid dependence.

Zubsolv, is a sublingual tablet licensed for people with opioid dependence within a framework of medical, social and psychological treatment. It is the first such therapy to be approved in a choice of six different strengths in Europe. This offers the potential for finer titration and individualized dosing with potentially fewer tablets compared with existing opioid dependence medicines. Opioid use disorder is a chronic, relapsing-remitting condition that places a large burden on the individual and society. With an estimated 1.3 million high-risk opioid users in 2016, opioid dependence is a serious health concern in Europe where heroin accounts for a majority of the illicit opioid misuse.

Nikolaj Sørensen, President and CEO at Orexo AB, said: "Our ambition is to make Zubsolv available to patients outside the US, and this approval is an important step in realizing this goal. We look forward to continuing our journey with Mundipharma, our partner, reaching out with this unique product globally and introducing an important new option in the care of those suffering from opioid dependence."

The approval does not trigger any milestone payment. Next milestone payment is expected when the commercialization of Zubsolv is initiated. Orexo is also entitled to receive further milestone payments as well as tiered royalties on future net sales.

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