8/5/2011 7:57:19 AM
Nycomed announced today that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with Orion Corporation (Nasdaq OMX Helsinki: ORNAV and ORNBV) for the co-marketing of Easyhaler® combination products for the treatment of asthma and COPD in the major European countries and an exclusive license and distribution arrangement for the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). Both companies will commercialise Easyhaler combination products under their own brands accompanied by the Easyhaler umbrella brand. The agreement covers Orion's new Easyhaler combination products for treatment of asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Orion is developing a budesonide-formoterol formulation that combines budesonide as an anti-inflammatory agent and formoterol as a long-acting bronchodilator. In addition, Orion has another Easyhaler® research programme in progress to develop a fluticasone-salmeterol formulation. In this formulation fluticasone acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and salmeterol acts as a long-acting bronchodilator. Both these combination products are included in the co-marketing agreement.
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