Pharma Major Lupin Limited announced today that its Canadian subsidiary, Lupin Pharma Canada Limited (collectively Lupin) has launched its first Brand product Zaxine® under a strategic licensing agreement with the North Carolina based GI specialty company Salix Pharmaceuticals Inc. The agreement grants Lupin exclusive rights to promote, distribute and market Zaxine® in the Canada.
Zaxine® 550mg (rifaximin) is a long term antibiotic treatment for adults living with hepatic encephalopathy (HE), a complication of liver disease (cirrhosis). HE can lead to a wide spectrum of mental and physical symptoms, including confusion, disruption in sleep patterns, personality changes and coma Zaxine® 550mg has approved by Health Canada under priority review for the reduction in risk of overt HE recurrence in patients ≥ 18 year of age.
Lupin will promote the product to Hepatologists and Gastroenterologists through its own specialty sales force in Canada. Lupin is in the process of establishing its Canadian presence and the launch opens up growth opportunities for the future. Zaxine is a 'First-in-Class' treatment for HE that currently has limited options for long term treatment.
Commenting on the launch, Vinita Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, Lupin Limited said, "We are very excited with the expansion of Lupin's business into Canada given the opportunity we have, to create a brand presence with the launch of Zaxine®. The launch demonstrates Lupin's commitment to grow its brand franchise in North America and bring meaningful products to patients in Canada."