Catalent Announces Commencement of Supply of Abilify® Orally Disintegrating Tablets to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and Extensive Investments to it's Zydis® to Technology Capabilities in Swindon, UK
Somerset, NJ, July 24, 2012 - Catalent announced it has commenced supply to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. of Abilify® OD Tablets (orally disintegrating tablets (ODT)), which utilize Catalent’s Zydis® fast dissolve drug delivery technology.
Otsuka is one of the leading innovative pharmaceutical companies in Japan and has developed Abilify® OD for the treatment of schizophrenia and improvement of manic symptoms associated with bipolar disorder.
Additionally, to support the increasing demand for Zydis® ODT formulations from the Japanese market, Catalent intends to make multi-million dollar investments to its Zydis® ODT operations in Swindon, UK.
Commenting on the new launch and investments, Dr. Ian Muir, President of Catalent’s Modified Release Technology business stated, “We are delighted to partner with Otsuka on the launch of this important new formulation of Abilify® OD. Catalent’s Zydis® fast dissolve technology has provided a tablet that is very palatable, and disintegrates within seconds in the mouth, making it very easy to take. As patient medication compliance is critical for those requiring antipsychotic therapies, Otsuka believes this new formulation will be of great assistance to patients in Japan. Abilify® OD is the 8th drug approved and launched in Japan, using Catalent’s Zydis® ODT.”
Mr. Hans-Joachim Rohe, President of Catalent Japan added, “We are very excited with the growing demand for Catalent’s Zydis® ODT in Japan, where many products could benefit from this type of ODT formulation. We have seen an increasing number of customers specifically seeking truly rapid disintegration and superior palatability in order to differentiate their products in Japan’s competitive market. In this regard, Zydis® ODT can excel over competing alternatives such as loosely compressed tablets.”
From drug and biologic development services to delivery technologies to supply solutions, Catalent Pharma Solutions has the deepest expertise, the broadest offerings and the most unique technologies in the industry. With over 75 years of experience, Catalent helps customers get more molecules to market faster, enhance product performance, and provide superior, reliable manufacturing and packaging solutions. Catalent employs approximately 9,400 people at 29 facilities worldwide and in fiscal year 2011 generated more than $1.6 billion in annual revenue. Catalent is headquartered in Somerset, NJ.