BEIJING, April 20 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Lotus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Lotus" or the "Company"), a growing developer, manufacturer and seller of medicine and drugs in the People's Republic of China (the "PRC") reported that its asthma drug Laevo-Bambutero will receive the China's State Food & Drug Administration's (SFDA) Fast Track Approval to enter clinical trials. The SFDA's Drug Review and Evaluation Center told the Company during recent consultations at the end of the Company's IND (Investigative New Drug Application) that formal approval would be granted by the Beijing office of the SFDA.
Laevo-Bambutero has completed the SFDA special review process under Category Two of the four categories of drugs that can receive speedier approval for IND, clinical trials and new drug production. SFDA issues special review and fast-track approval procedures for new drugs in 2009, under the following four categories of drugs:
CEO, Dr. Zhongyi Liu, commented, "Millions of people are suffering from asthma worldwide, and 30-40 millions of asthma patients are estimated in China. It took ten years to develop Laevo-Bambutero, and we own its patent rights until 2022. We believe it is highly effective and has few side effects. We hope to accelerate the new tablet introduction to market and commercialization."
China's pharmaceutical industry has undergone the transformation from a generic-dominated model to the one that promotes drug innovation. The SFDA's Amended Measures effective in October of 2007 are intended to increase drug safety, tighten appraisal and approval processes while encouraging innovation. Given the SFDA's strict implementation of the Amended Measures, the Company believes that product pipeline pending SFDA approval status should only include Isosorbide Mononitrate-Sustained Release Tablets for cardiovascular disease, Gliclazide-Controlled Release Tablets for Type 2 diabetes and Laevo-Bambutero for asthma.
About Lotus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (http://www.lotuspharma.com )
Lotus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a growing developer and producer of drugs and a licensed national seller of pharmaceutical items in the PRC. Lotus operates its business through its two controlled entities: Liang Fang Pharmaceutical, Ltd. and En Ze Jia Shi Pharmaceutical, Ltd. Lotus' current drug development is focused on the treatment of cerebro-cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes. Liang Fang sells drugs directly and indirectly through its national sales channels to hospitals, clinics and drugs stores in 30 provinces of the PRC.
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