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AMITIZA (lubiprostone) launches in the United States

Bethesda, Md., and Lincolnshire, Il. Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc., announced today that AMITIZA (lubiprostone), 24-mcg soft-gel capsules, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2006, is now available by prescription in pharmacies across the United States for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation in adults. AMITIZA (pronounced ahm-e-TEASE-a) is the first selective chloride channel activator approved for therapeutic use in chronic idiopathic constipation, a condition that affects both men and women and affects patients over the age of 65 more frequently.

"AMITIZA is an important new option for people living with chronic idiopathic constipation who may be unsatisfied with traditional treatment options, including lifestyle and dietary changes, laxatives and stool softeners," said Sachiko Kuno, Ph.D., co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Sucampo. "As a science-driven pharmaceutical company, Sucampo is pleased to work with Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America to make this innovative new therapeutic option available to physicians and patients in the United States."

AMITIZA works by increasing fluid secretion locally in the small intestine by activating the ClC-2 chloride channel, and thereby increasing the passage of the stool and improving symptoms associated with chronic idiopathic constipation. In clinical trials, 60 percent of patients who used AMITIZA experienced a spontaneous bowel movement within the first 24 hours.

AMITIZA improved signs and symptoms related to chronic constipation, including abdominal bloating, discomfort, stool consistency and straining. Additionally, these symptomatic improvements lasted over the six to 12 month treatment period.

"The availability of AMITIZATM is exciting news for the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic idiopathic constipation and deal with its daily consequences,"
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Contact: Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America
jgerst@tpna.com
847-383-3696
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25-Apr-2006


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