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Eisai Applies For Japan Approval Of Abbott’s Meridia (Japan)

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Eisai says it has applied to Japan's Health Ministry to become one of the last countries in the world to market KES524, Abbott GmbH's weight-loss drug sold in the United States as Meridia (sibutramine hydrochloride). The drug, which prevents overeating, creates a sensation of being full and increases metabolic rates, already is approved in 83 other countries. Eisai sees the drug as one that can help it strengthen its domestic business, particularly since its Aricept (donepezil) Alzheimer's disease drug is set to lose U.S. patent protection in November, 2010. (Click here for more - may require paid subscription

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