Press release

Galenica and Roche enter into exclusive license agreement for the commercialisation of Mircera® in the US

Thursday, 28 May 2015, ↓ directly to download

Galenica and Roche have entered into an exclusive license agreement for the commercialisation of Roche’s drug Mircera® in the US and Puerto Rico. Mircera® is a prescription medicine used to treat symptomatic anaemia associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in adult patients and represents an ideal complement to the existing product portfolio of Galenica for patients with CKD and iron deficiency.

Mircera® (methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta) is approved in the US by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and in the European Union by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the treatment of anaemia associated with CKD in adult patients on dialysis as well as those not on dialysis. Anaemia in CKD is associated with reduced quality of life and increased cardiovascular disease, hospitalisations, cognitive impairment and mortality1. Mircera® is a long acting Erythropoietin Stimulating Agent (ESA) for bi-weekly or monthly treatment. It works like the human protein called erythropoietin to help the body make more red blood cells and is used to reduce or avoid the need for red blood cell transfusion.

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Galenica is a diversified Group active throughout the healthcare market which, among other activities, develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products, runs pharmacies, provides logistical and database services and sets up networks. With its two Business units Vifor Pharma and Galenica Santé, the Galenica Group enjoys a leading position in all its core business activities. A large part of the Group’s income is generated by international operations. Galenica is listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX Swiss Exchange, GALN, security number 1,553,646).

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