Eisai Europe Limited

Eisai Expands in Israeli Market With Approval of Halaven

Hatfield, England (ots/PRNewswire) - Metastatic breast cancer treatment Halaven(R) (eribulin) provides a

statistically significant overall survival benefit for women with the disease

Halaven(R) (eribulin), a novel treatment for patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer who have progressed after at least two chemotherapeutic regimens for advanced disease, has recently received registration approval from the Israeli health authorities. Prior therapy should have included two common types of chemotherapy, an anthracycline and a taxane, unless patients were not suitable for these treatments.

Eribulin has been proven to significantly extend overall survival in patients with metastatic breast cancer, compared to other single agent chemotherapies.[1] Following marketing authorisation, Eisai and Neopharm group, its partner in Israel, plan to launch the product by the end of Eisai's financial year 2012 (31 March 2013).

Commenting on the launch of eribulin in Israel, Nick Butland, Regional Director MPBU, Eisai Europe Limited said, "The launch of eribulin in Israel will boost Eisai's geographical and patient reach in this region. Eisai's entry into this market is aligned with the company's wider strategy of increasing access to our medicines based on affordability, availability and adoption by making products available in new markets."

"We are excited about the opportunity to work with Eisai to introduce Halaven into this region", stated Mr. David Fuhrer, Chairman of the Neopharm Group. "Working in partnership means that together we can actively introduce innovative licensed products to meet the needs of the region and improve the health and quality of life of patients."

The Israeli launch of eribulin will allow access for women to a treatment not previously available to them and further supports Eisai's human health care (hhc) mission to satisfy unmet medical needs and contribute to the health and well being of people worldwide. Eisai is dedicated to discovering, developing and producing innovative oncology therapies that can help make a difference and impact the lives of patients and their families.

Notes to Editors

Halaven(R) (eribulin)

Eribulin is a non-taxane, microtubule dynamics inhibitor indicated for the treatment of patients with breast cancer who have previously received at least two chemotherapeutic regimens for metastatic disease and whose prior therapy should have included an anthracycline and a taxane.[1] Eribulin belongs to a class of antineoplastic agents, the halichondrins, which are natural products, isolated from the marine sponge Halichondria okadai. It is believed to work by inhibiting the growth phase of microtubule dynamics without affecting the shortening phase and sequesters tubulin into non-productive aggregates.

Eribulin is approved in the European Union, USA, Switzerland, Japan, and Singapore. In Europe, eribulin is currently commercially available in Austria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

About Eisai

Eisai is one of the world's leading R&D-based pharmaceutical companies and has defined its corporate mission as "giving first thought to patients and their families and to increasing the benefits health care provides," which we call human health care (hhc). Eisai recently expanded their UK Hatfield facility which now supports the company's growing European, Middle Eastern, African and Russian (EMEA) business.

Eisai concentrates its R&D activities in three key areas:

        - Neuroscience, including: Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis,
          neuropathic pain, epilepsy, depression
        - Oncology including: anticancer therapies; tumour regression, tumour
          suppression, antibodies, etc and supportive cancer therapies; pain relief, nausea
        - Vascular/Immunological reaction including: acute coronary syndrome,
          atherothrombotic disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn's disease 

With operations in the U.S., Asia, Europe and its domestic home market of Japan, Eisai employs more than 11,000 people worldwide. In Europe, Eisai undertakes sales and marketing operations in over 20 markets, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Iceland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Middle East and Russia.

For further information please visit our web site http://www.eisai.com

About Neopharm Group

Neopharm Group [http://neopharmgroup.com], established in 1941, is one of Israel's leading providers of innovative integrated solutions across the spectrums of healthcare and life science.

Throughout the years, the group has evolved into a diversified health care company. At Neopharm Group, we specialize in building leadership and combining strengths in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biologic drugs, orphan drugs, vaccines, hospital products, medical devices, medical and scientific equipment, diagnostics, OTC, nutritionals, consumer healthcare products and home therapy.

Neopharm is the exclusive representative and partner of leading multinational bio-pharma and consumer healthcare brands including: Abbott, Actelion, Alexion, Celgene, Gilead, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis Vaccines, Pfizer, Pfizer Consumer Health among others.

Neopharm Group currently employs over 500 talented staff within 5 companies. Neopharm holds the prestigious rank of Israel's second-largest marketing group in the Israeli healthcare and life science market. Our revenues exceed $300 million, making us the 58th largest Israeli company as per D&B's Largest Israeli Enterprises 2011.

For further information please visit our web site: http://www.neopharmgroup.com

1. Cortes J, O'Shaughnessy J, Loesch D, et al. Eribulin monotherapy versus treatment of physician's choice in patients with metastatic breast cancer (EMBRACE): a phase 3 open-label randomised study. The Lancet. 2011; 377: 914 -923

July 2012 / Eribulin-UK2174


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