Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Abbott Laboratories Announce Launch of AMITIZA in Japan
Published: Nov 26, 2012
BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCMP) (SPI) and Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced the availability of AMITIZA® (lubiprostone) in Japan, a prescription medicine for the treatment of chronic constipation not caused by organic diseases. AMITIZA was approved by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) in Japan in June. “Millions of patients in Japan have been suffering from chronic constipation, without efficacious and well-tolerated, long-term treatment options. We are pleased to bring AMITIZA’s experience of six years and over six million prescriptions in the United States to the Japanese market, to benefit the healthcare providers and patients who need it,” says Ryuji Ueno, M.D., Ph.D., Ph.D., Sucampo’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.