Friday, October 19, 2012

AstraZeneca launches its patented life-saving heart drug BRILINTA® (Ticagrelor) in India

BRILINTA® is indicated to reduce heart attack and cardiovascular death in patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)

Hyderabad, Oct 18:  AstraZeneca Pharma India Limited (AZPIL) today announced the launch of a new patented antiplatelet drug BRILINTA® (Ticagrelor) in India. BRILINTA® is an oral antiplatelet treatment for Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) in adult patients. BRILINTA® is competitively priced to enable ACS patients benefit from having access to this medicine.

BRILINTA® works by preventing the formation of new blood clots and maintaining blood flow in the body to help reduce patient’s risk of another cardiovascular event (called atherothrombotic events) such as a heart attack or cardiovascular death.

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), based on the New Drug Advisory Committee’s (NDAC) recommendations granted its approval in May 2012 for marketing BRILINTA® (Ticagrelor) tablets in India.

The DCGI approval is based upon the submission of data from the landmark PLATO (Platelet Inhibition and Patient Outcomes) trial, comparing treatment with BRILINTA® to Clopidogrel - the current standard of care, available in the market for over a decade.

Dr. Paurus Irani, Vice President Medical & Regulatory Affairs of AstraZeneca Pharma India Limited said, “With over 40 lakh people affected by ACS in India each year, BRILINTA® gives cardiologists a new and effective treatment to help reduce the rate of heart attack and cardiovascular deaths in these patients. Such exciting medical breakthroughs don’t happen very often.”

To date, BRILINTA has been approved in 83 countries and launched in 63 countries (including India now) under the trade name BRILINTA® and in the European Union under the trade name BRILIQUE™.

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