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21 June, 2018 21:54 IST
Glenmark Pharma aims to transform Psoriasis treatment in India
Source: IRIS | 13 Nov, 2017, 11.36AM
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Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, a research-led global integrated pharmaceutical company, announced the launch of Apremilast in India. Apremilast is the first advanced Oral Systemic treatment for Psoriasis in India. Apremilast is a phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitor which is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe Psoriasis. The launch of Apremilast will revolutionize the treatment of Psoriasis impacting close to 33 million Indians suffering from the condition.
 
Apremilast is an advanced oral treatment for Psoriasis which addresses the limitations of the current available therapies in India. It acts in a targeted manner at an early stage of the disease progression. Also, it is an immunomodulator whereas the other available drugs in the country are immunosuppressant including biologics and are mostly indicated for the treatment of oncological conditions. Immunosuppressants suppress the immune system thereby making the body susceptible to various infections. Apremilast being an immunomodulator does not suppress the immune system and treats the condition of psoriasis at an intracellular level which will benefit psoriasis patients across the country.
 
Apremilast is an oral therapy which can be self-administered unlike some of the currently available injectable therapy which have to be administered by paramedics. Further, Apremilast is a safer drug having no effects on other organs like the liver and kidney and does not require routine laboratory diagnostic tests like CBC, liver & Kidney test or TB screening as required in the case of other therapies used currently.
 
Glenmark has launched Apremilast under the brand name 'Aprezo' indicated for the treatment of Psoriasis. Glenmark (Q,N,C,F)* received approval from DCGI for Apremilast after conducting clinical trials on the molecule as per the regulatory requirements.

Shares of the company declined Rs 13.15, or 2.22%, to trade at Rs 579.50. The total volume of shares traded was 24,361 at the BSE (11.17 a.m., Monday).

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