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Takeda And Ajinomoto Initiate Phase III Trials For Once-monthly Risedronate

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Takeda Pharmaceutical and Tokyo-based Ajinomoto and commenced a Phase III trial for once-monthly risedronate for osteoporosis. Marketed under Actonel by Eisai and Benet by Takeda in Japan, risedronate currently has once-daily and once-weekly formulations. The once-monthly is expected to be more convenient for patients. The sales for Benet's once-weekly formulation were ¥16.3 billion in 2008, accounting for 65 percent of Benet sales. Ajinomoto expects the monthly dosage will tap into the market trend for less frequency of administration. The once-monthly risedronate has been approved and marketed in the U.S., Australia and South Korea. Japan's osteoporosis drug market is worth roughly ¥170 billion. (Click here for more - Japanese language
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