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Meiji Seika Readies Oral Version of Carbapenem Antibiotic (Japan)

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

Meiji Seika Kaisha Ltd. is moving forward with the last stage of clinical tests on ME1211, an oral form of a carbapenem antibiotic. The firm plans to apply for production and marketing approval as soon as this year. Meiji Seika acquired sole development, production, and marketing rights to the antibiotic for Japan and 15 Asian firms five years ago from Wyeth KK's predecessor. Carbapenem antibiotics work well against bacteria that have proven resistant to other medications, including penicillin and methicillin. So far, though, they have just been available as injections. ME1211 is alleged to be the initial oral formula of a carbapenem antibiotic in the world. The firm hopes to eventually yield 10 billion yen ($86.1 million) annually in sales from ME1211. (Print Edition Only: Link to Full Text Unavailable



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