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Astellas To Jointly Develop And Market FD Drug With Zeria

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Astellas Pharma and Zeria Pharmaceutical, both based in Tokyo, will co-develop and co-market functional dyspepsia agent Z-338/YM443. Based on the agreement, Zeria will obtain marketing approval in Japan, and both companies will co-market the product under the single brand name. Discovered by Zeria, Z-338/YM443 inhibits peripheral acetylcholinesterase activities, resulting in improvement of delayed gastric emptying, a symptom of FD. Astellas also has obtained exclusive development and marketing rights in North America for Z-338/YM443 and a Phase II trial is underway. (Click here for more - Japanese language

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