Sosei Group gains marketing approval for PIVLAZ 150 mg in South Korea

Sosei Group Corporation’s (Sosei Heptares’) PIVLAZ (clazosentan sodium) 150 mg has received marketing approval from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) in South Korea for the prevention of cerebral vasospasm, vasospasm-related cerebral infarction, and cerebral ischemic symptoms after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) securing.

The MFDS approval is based on scientific and clinical data from an extensive Japanese Phase 3 program submitted by Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Korea (IPK), a Sosei Group company. The trials, which involved patients who had undergone clipping surgery or coiling treatment for aSAH, showed that PIVLAZ significantly reduced the incidence of cerebral vasospasm-related complications and all-cause mortality within six weeks of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. The trials also confirmed the safety profile of PIVLAZ.

In South Korea, the Marketing Authorization of PIVLAZ is held by IPK, and will become commercially available to patients in early 2025.

PIVLAZ received marketing approval in Japan in January 2022 and was launched in April 2022 by Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Japan (IPJ), also a Sosei Group company. PIVLAZ has been used in approximately 8,900 patients in Japan as of November 2023.

Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage is a condition involving sudden life-threatening bleeding occurring in the subarachnoid space. It is caused by the rupture of an aneurysm – a weak, bulging spot on the wall of a cerebral artery. Emergency procedure (endovascular coiling or microsurgical clipping) is required to stop the hemorrhage. The bleeding and the release of endothelin, a potent vasoconstrictor produced by the neighboring vascular endothelium, can lead to cerebral vasospasm (constriction of arteries in the brain), usually occurring between four and 14 days after aneurysm securing. This diminishes blood flow to the brain, and about one third of patients consequently experience worsening of their neurological condition. Cerebral vasospasm is one of the leading secondary causes of disability and death in patients with aSAH.

Professor Park Ik-seong, Chairman of the Korean Society of Cerebrovascular Surgeons (Professor of neurosurgery at Bucheon St. Mary’s Hospital), said: “Cerebral vasospasm after subarachnoid hemorrhage is a serious symptom that can lead to death. However, the lack of effective medication has made it difficult to treat. Now that PIVLAZ, a drug that can prevent symptoms before they occur, has been approved in South Korea, I hope that it will become available and widely accessible as soon as possible for the sake of patients.”

Satoshi Tanaka, Dr Med Sci., Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of Sosei Heptares, Chairman of Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Korea, added: “This approval for PIVLAZ in a second major market in the APAC region is a significant achievement and brings this groundbreaking and potential life-changing therapeutic advance one step closer to patients in South Korea.

“Cerebral vasospasm is one of the leading secondary causes of disability and death in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage. With an occurrence of 9.0 per 100,000 person-years, aSAH is more frequent in South Korea compared to global occurrence rate of 7.9. Therefore, PIVLAZ could be a meaningful treatment option for the patients. Our commercialization plans are well advanced, having benefited hugely from a successful launch in Japan, and we are confident we will be able to make PIVLAZ available to physicians and patients in South Korea in early 2025.”

Sosei Heptares gained Japan and Asia-Pacific (ex-China) rights to PIVLAZ, a potent, selective endothelin receptor antagonist, from Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd in July 2023 in the context of its acquisition of IPJ and IPK.

PIVLAZ is a trademark of Sosei Group.

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