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Japan is the first country to approve casirivimab + imdevimab combination for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19.

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Published:21st Jul 2021
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has approved Regeneron's casirivimab and imdevimab antibody cocktail to treat patients with mild to moderate COVID-19. This marks the first time the antibody cocktail, known as REGEN-COV in the U.S. and Ronapreve in other countries, has received a full approval to treat COVID-19. Emergency or temporary pandemic use authorizations are currently in place in more than 20 countries, including in the U.S., European Union, India, Switzerland and Canada.

In Japan, the antibody cocktail was granted a Special Approval Pathway under article 14-3 of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Act. The approval was based on results from a Phase III trial in high-risk non-hospitalized patients, which showed the antibody cocktail reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by 70%, as well as results from a Phase 1 trial that examined the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics in Japanese people.

Condition: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Infection
Type: drug

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