Nektar Reports that Pfizer and The Sanofi-Aventis Group Seek Approval to Market Exubera in the United States
Nektar Reports that Pfizer and The Sanofi-Aventis Group Seek Approval to Market Exubera in the United States
March 02, 2005
San Carlos, CA
Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq:NKTR) today reported that Pfizer Inc and The Sanofi-Aventis Group announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for filing a new drug application for Exubera? (inhaled human insulin powder). Nektar develops and provides the inhalers and the powdered insulin for the Exubera product.
"Today marks an important milestone for Exubera and for Nektar. We believe that with the filing of Exubera with the FDA, we are a step closer to offering a breakthrough for treating patients with diabetes," said Dr. John Patton, co-founder and chief scientific officer, Nektar.
Exubera, a dry powder form of insulin that is inhaled into the lungs prior to eating using a specially designed inhalation device, has been studied in more than 3,500 patients, some for more than seven years.
Pfizer and Sanofi-Aventis seek approval to market Exubera for adult patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Exubera is currently also under review by the European Medicines Evaluation Agency.
It is estimated that nearly 180 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes, and the number is expected to rise to 300 million people in the next 20 years. More than half of people with diabetes remain uncontrolled or poorly controlled and are at risk for common complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, nerve damage and blindness. Currently, diabetes and its complications account for more than $100 billion in healthcare costs annually in the United States.
Exubera is being developed for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes through a collaboration between Pfizer and Sanofi-Aventis. The two companies have entered into a global agreement to co-develop, co-promote (where permitted by local law) and co-manufacture inhaled insulin. Nektar is in collaboration with Pfizer as the developer of the inhalation device and formulation.
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Nektar Advanced Pulmonary Technology uses innovative molecular formulations and novel delivery devices to improve or enable administration of medicines to and through the lungs for both lung diseases and systemic conditions. Exubera is the most advanced product using Nektar Pulmonary Technology.
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