ROME & CASTRES, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eurartesim® (dihydroartemisinin/piperaquine), a drug granted marketing authorization in Europe in 2012, is entrusted exclusively to Pierre Fabre in 32 African countries. Pierre Fabre will register, distribute and promote Eurartesim® in Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger, Madagascar, Togo, Benin, RDC, Congo, Chad, Gabon, Cameroon, Mauritania, Burundi, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Ethiopia, Malawi, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland and Namibia.
Eurartesim® is a fixed-dose artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) comprising dihydroartemisinin and piperaquine. In endemic areas, associations allow the complete disappearance of the parasite faster than other antimalarial drugs and are therefore recommended by WHO (World Health Organization) to limit the emergence of resistant plasmodium strains(1). These combinations are also recommended in relation to drug combinations under one blister or in bulk, because they promote treatment adherence and reduce the risk of taking medicine alone, which would lead to increasing drug resistance(2). This European quality standards drug has been developed by the Italian pharmaceutical company Sigma-Tau, an ALFASIGMA Group company, in partnership with the not-for-profit research foundation Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV).
“We are very happy to announce this important agreement for the distribution of Eurartesim®, the drug developed from our research activities, in the field of antimalarial treatment”, Sigma-Tau General Manager Raffaele Sanguigni affirmed. “The distribution territory will cover nearly all of Africa. We are committed to ensuring its registration and distribution in those countries where malaria is endemic”.
"Eurartesim® is a drug with proven efficacy in combating malaria, a major health scourge in Africa. It thereby complements our portfolio of medicines and health products already widely distributed on the African continent where Pierre Fabre Group ranks among the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in terms of turnover(4). Our commitment in Africa is long-standing, and strengthening it is a key priority in our strategic plan Trajectoire 2018” commented Frédéric Duchesne, President of Pierre Fabre Pharmaceuticals.
Eurartesim® was approved by the European Medicine Agency (EMA) in 2011 and is currently available throughout Europe. In Asia, it was registered in 2012 in Cambodia, while in Africa, it has obtained marketing authorization in Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso. Eurartesim® is currently being registered in other countries and will soon become available in most of Africa.
* : ACT: artemisinin-based combination therapy
(1) : Opinion of the French Transparency Commission February 2012 (HAS-French National Authority for Health) - Eurartesim
(2) : WHO: http://www.who.int/malaria/areas/treatment/antimalarials_selection/en
(3) : World Malaria Report 2014 (www.mmv.org)
(4) : From IMS data - June 2014
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