May 28, 2024

Takeda launches CINRYZE™in India, the first C1-INH for prophylaxis in hereditary angioedema patients

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New Delhi, 15th December 2022: Takeda Biopharmaceuticals India Private Limited (formerly known as Baxalta Bioscience India Pvt. Ltd.), a global values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader launched CINRYZE™ an innovativeinjectable prescription medicine for the treatment of hereditary angioedema (HAE) patients. With eight years of global clinical experience proving efficacy and safety, CINRYZE™ has the potential to mark a breakthrough in the episodictreatment, short and long-term prophylaxis for HAE. Moreover, CINRYZE™ is the pioneer C1 esterase inhibitor (C1-INH) approved by the FDA& EMA for the symptomatic management of HAE and for preventingfuture angioedema attacks.[2]

CINRYZE™is indicatedin India for:

  1. Routine prevention (prophylaxis) of angioedema attacks in adults, adolescents and children 6 years of age and above with HAE[3].
  2. Treatment of angioedema attacks and pre-procedure prevention of angioedema attacks in adults, adolescents and children 2 years of age and above with HAE [3].

Speaking at the launch, Serina Fischer, General Manager, Takeda Biopharmaceuticals India Private Limitedsaid, “At Takeda, we are committed to bringing innovative treatment to fulfil the unmet medical needs across our core therapy areas. We are confident that the launch of Cinryze will bridge the gap in the treatment of HAE patients in India. The launch furthers our commitment towards rare diseases patients in India.”

Sony Paul, Franchise Head, Rare Diseases, Takeda Biopharmaceuticals India Private Limited added,“As per data, there are likely to be more than 30,000[4] undiagnosed patients at present in the country. These patients are suffering due to the lack of diagnosis and treatment.With the launch of Cinryze, our aim is to treat acute attacks of HAE and prevent future HAE attacks by prophylactic regime improving the quality of life of HAE patients.

Economic costs and impact on QoLwith HAE

·         HAE is associated with impaired emotional processes (alexithymia) and increased stress among paediatric patients [9]

·         Adults with HAE were more likely to exhibit depressive symptoms than adults in the general population [1]

·         Sick days due to HAE and the need to work reduced hours because of HAE were estimated to cost $6,045 per patient per year and accountedfor 11.5% of all socioeconomic costs as estimated by a study conducted in the United States [10]

Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) is a rare genetic condition that causes swelling in different parts of the body like limbs, face, abdomen, and larynx[5,6].HAE is caused by a mutation in the gene which produce protein called the C1 esterase inhibitor leading to its reduced level or compromised functioning.[6]Symptoms of HAE often present in childhood, and while attacks can occur at any age, early onset may predict a more severe disease course[6]. Attacks often occur in children without a clear trigger,[5]and may affect a child’s participation in school, activities, and sports, which can leave them feeling socially isolated[7,8]. It can be life-threatening in severe cases in which the swelling attacks can manifest in the larynx (voice box), or trachea (windpipe) [5,6].

 

The disease is usually identified by recurrent episodes of fluid accumulation outside the blood vessels, causing rapid swelling of body tissues. The symptoms of HAE could be like an allergic reaction;however, the potential outcome could belife-threatening in case of HAE. Due to the lack of awareness among healthcare professionals, HAE is highly underdiagnosed in the country.

Takeda Biopharmaceuticals India Private Limited (formerly known as Baxalta Bioscience India Private Limited) is a part of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited’s group of companies headquartered in Japan. The company focuses on immunology, genetic diseases, haematology, oncology and gastrointestinal portfolios in the country. As a global leader in pharmaceuticals, Takeda has been focusing on driving comprehensive research to support the development of effective and innovative treatments in the company’s chosen therapy areas.

 

HAE, hereditary angioedema; QoL, Quality of life; FDA, Food and Drug Administration; EMA, European Medicines Agency

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  3. CINRYZE®.Indian PI. Feb 2022.
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