MUNICH, December 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Daiichi Sankyo Europe announced today that Sevikar HCT(R) is now approved in Germany, the first market to launch this new once-daily three-in-one combination product for the treatment of high blood pressure (BP). This new drug combines the three widely prescribed blood pressure treatments - olmesartan medoxomil, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) - in one single pill to help effectively control hypertension.(2)
The approval of Sevikar HCT(R) in Germany was granted after the European decentralised procedure was closed with a positive recommendation on the drug.
With the approval of Sevikar HCT(R), Daiichi Sankyo offers physicians a comprehensive range of olmesartan based therapies to help them to successfully treat their patients to the accepted target blood pressure of less than 140/90 mmHg.
*Sevikar HCT(R) is indicated as substitution therapy in adult patients whose blood pressure is adequately controlled on the combination of olmesartan medoxomil, amlodipine and hydrochlorothiazide, taken as a dual-component (olmesartan medoxomil and amlodipine or olmesartan medoxomil and hydrochlorothiazide) and a single-component formulation ( hydrochlorothiazide or amlodipine).(3)
"The approval for Sevikar HCT(R) is good news for both patients and physicians in Europe," said Reinhard Bauer, CEO of Daiichi Sankyo Europe, "With olmesartan as the foundation for this new treatment option, we are confident that Sevikar HCT(R) will provide doctors with an additional therapy option to successfully treat their patients to blood pressure targets."
Evidence shows that up to two-thirds of hypertensive patients require multiple medications from different classes of treatment, and many need three or more to reach the accepted blood pressure goal of 140/90 mmHg.(4,5,6) The fixed-dose combination therapy Sevikar HCT(R) will provide doctors with a new treatment option to prescribe to patients, that simplifies treatment, provides patients with a more convenient option and decreases overall pill burden. Giving drugs as a single-pill fixed dose combination significantly improves compliance, and favors BP control compared with the same drugs given separately as two or more pills.(7)
The approval Sevikar HCT(R) completes the Daiichi Sankyo portfolio for the treatment of high blood pressure. The portfolio includes:
-- Olmetec(R) (olmesartan medoxomil)
-- Olmetec Plus(R) q (olmesartan + hydrochlorothiazide)
-- Sevikar(R) q (olmesartan + amlodipine)
-- Sevikar HCT(R) (olmesartan + amlodipine + hydrochlorothiazide)
Hypertension is one of the most prevalent conditions in Europe affecting approximately one in three adults and approximately one billion people worldwide.(8) It is often challenging to control, and of those diagnosed with high blood pressure, approximately 65 percent do not have the condition under control.(9)
High blood pressure can cause permanent changes to blood vessels and the heart that may create serious problems elsewhere in the body. We know that tight BP control, as opposed to settling for treating patients to 5-10 mmHg above goal, can make a great deal of difference, reducing incidence of stroke by an impressive 44% and deaths by 32%.(10)
About Daiichi Sankyo
The Daiichi Sankyo Group is dedicated to the creation and supply of innovative pharmaceutical products to address the diversified, unmet medical needs of patients in both mature and emerging markets. While maintaining its portfolio of marketed pharmaceuticals for hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and bacterial infections, the Group is engaged in the development of treatments for thrombotic disorders and focused on the discovery of novel oncology and cardiovascular-metabolic therapies. Furthermore, the Daiichi Sankyo Group has created a "Hybrid Business Model," which will respond to market and customer diversity and optimise growth opportunities across the value chain. For more information, please visit: http://www.daiichisankyo.com.
The company's world headquarters are in Tokyo. Its European base is located in Munich. DAIICHI SANKYO EUROPE has affiliates in 12 European countries in addition to a global manufacturing site located in Pfaffenhofen, Germany.
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