Koki Sato GM India
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Chennai, NFAPost: Takeda India, part of the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, a global value-based R&D-driven biopharmaceutical company, on Wednesday announced the expansion of its innovative portfolio for patients in the country with the launch of Kynteles (generic name: Vedolizumab), as part of its Gastrointestinal (GI) portfolio.

GI is Takeda’s second therapeutic area in India after Rare Diseases (Haematology, Genetic Diseases, and Immunology). 

Kynteles is used for the treatment of adult patients with moderate to severely active Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and Crohn’s Disease (CD). Kynteles, more widely known as Entvyio, has shown favourable safety and efficacy results in treating patients suffering from moderate to severe IBD.

Takeda India Country Head Koki Sato said, “At Takeda, we are continuously working towards developing innovative medicines to considerably improve the quality of life of patients. The launch of our highly innovative GI portfolio is a testimony of our commitment to India and patients living with diseases like UC and CD. Patient access to Kynteles will further augment our vision of providing additional and innovative treatment options to HCPs treating UC and CD.”

Both UC and CD are chronic idiopathic Inflammatory Bowel Diseases that can be debilitating and sometimes lead to life-threatening complications and require life-long disease management. Therefore, their treatments involve ensuring long-term remission with a proven safety profile, the company said.

Entyvio is currently marketed in more than 60 countries. In just five years since its global launch, Entyvio has touched over 4,15,000 cumulative patient-years of experience.

Takeda India Medical Affairs Head  Sandeep Arora said, “India has the highest burden of IBD in Asia and one of the highest in the world as a result of rapid urbanisation, changes in diet and lifestyles. Kynteles, with its novel mechanism of action, selectively reduces intestinal inflammation that allows long-lasting remission and provides a safe and effective treatment option for patients with UC and CD.”

There are currently over 1.5 million IBD patients in India. 

“The safety and efficacy of Kynteles is well established and proven through robust and comprehensive clinical trials and large real-world evidence programs. Evidence also suggests improved quality of life without an associated increase in overall risk of infection,” he added.

Vedolizumab is a gut-selective biologic and is approved as an intravenous (IV) formulation. It is a humanised monoclonal antibody designed to specifically antagonise the alpha4beta7 integrin, inhibiting the binding of alpha4beta7 integrin to intestinal mucosal address in cell adhesion molecule 1 (MAdCAM-1), but not vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1), the company said.

Takeda India is part of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited’s group of companies. Locally, the company currently focuses on the areas of Rare Diseases, including Haemophilia and Lysosomal Storage Disorders and plasma-derived therapies. Takeda has a presence across the Indian subcontinent, including in Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh

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