March 9, 2009
Teikoku Pharma USA and Eisai Co., Ltd Announce Licensing Agreement for a New 7-Day Transdermal Formulation of Donepezil
San Jose, California, March 9, 2009—Teikoku Pharma USA Inc., the international specialty pharmaceutical company, announces that it has signed an exclusive worldwide (excluding Japan) licensing agreement with Eisai Co., Ltd. to develop and commercialize a new transdermal formulation of donepezil, a leading compound for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in the world.
The transdermal formulation is a once-a-week patch that continuously delivers donepezil through the skin into the bloodstream. It will enable the number of doses to be reduced, make it easier to be used for patients with Alzheimer’s disease who have difficulty in swallowing, and also reduce the burden of caregivers or family members when administering it to patients.
Teikoku Pharma USA Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teikoku Seiyaku Inc. of Japan, is a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, and manufactures enhanced pharmaceutical products based on its transdermal drug delivery technologies. Teikoku focuses its efforts in two therapeutic areas; Pain Management and CNS. Teikoku’s main product is Lidoderm® (Lidocaine 5% Patch) for PHN, in collaboration with Endo Pharmaceuticals in the US, Grunenthal GmbH in Europe, Mundipharma in South East Asia and SK Pharma for Korea.
Teikoku’s commitment is to expand transdermal technologies for the benefit of patients and partners.