20.02.2013 - Sobi and Savient Pharmaceuticals will co-market the Swedish company's arthritis drug Kineret (anakinra) in the U.S.
The copy of the human IL-1 receptor antagonist, which is produced in E. coli bacteria, reduces the symptoms and progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by binding the access of IL-1 that causes inflammation in the joints. With the agreement Swedish Orphan Biovitrum (Sobi) hopes to expand its reach to US physicians, said Sobi COO Alan Raffensperger.
Savient's specialised sales force has strong, established relationships with rheumatologists in the US. "Kineret complements the strategic direction and focus of Savient, as we continue to build upon our existing relationships with rheumatologists and patients while marketing our own product, Krystexxa“, said Lou Ferrari, President and Chief Executive Officer of Savient.
Under the terms of the agreement, Sobi has granted to Savient the exclusive right to co-promote the sale of Kineret with Sobi in the US. Savient will market and promote Kineret beginning April 1, 2013. Sobi will remain responsible for all Kineret commercial drug manufacturing, supply, safety, and regulatory activities.
Kineret is approved as second line treatment for moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA), in patients 18 years of age or older who have failed one or more disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs).