-- Approval of VAZKEPA® to Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular (CV) Events in Adult Statin-Treated Patients at High CV Risk with Elevated Triglycerides and Other High-Risk Characteristics as Studied in REDUCE-IT –-
-- Heart Disease Second Leading Cause of Death in Men and Women Aged 45 and Older in Israel --
DUBLIN, Ireland and BRIDGEWATER, N.J., April 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amarin Corporation plc (NASDAQ:AMRN) today announced that Israel’s Ministry of Health (MOH) Pharmaceuticals Division has granted regulatory approval to VAZKEPA (icosapent ethyl). The MOH issued its approval of VAZKEPA to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events in adult statin-treated patients at high cardiovascular risk with elevated triglycerides (≥150 mg/dL [≥ 1.7 mmol/L]) and either established cardiovascular disease or diabetes and at least one other cardiovascular risk factor.
“According to data from the Israeli Ministry of Health, heart diseases are the second leading cause of death in Israel, in both men and women, aged 45 and older.i Heart disease accounted for about one-sixth of all male and female deaths in recent years in Israel.i
“The regulatory approval of VAZKEPA in Israel marks continued progress in our effort to bring this product to patients with residual cardiovascular risk around the world,” said Steven Ketchum, PhD., President, Research & Development and Chief Scientific Officer, Amarin. “We are proud of this important milestone in that effort, and that patients in Israel may soon be able to access this important therapeutic option to address their residual cardiovascular risk.”
Amarin has partnership discussions underway in this territory and will be preparing for potential pricing and reimbursement in Israel beginning in 2024.
Amarin is an innovative pharmaceutical company leading a new paradigm in cardiovascular disease management. From our foundation in scientific research to our focus on clinical trials, and now our commercial expansion, we are evolving and growing rapidly. Amarin has offices in Bridgewater, New Jersey in the United States, Dublin in Ireland, Zug in Switzerland, and other countries in Europe as well as commercial partners and suppliers around the world. We are committed to increasing the scientific understanding of the cardiovascular risk that persists beyond traditional therapies and advancing the treatment of that risk.
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i Israeli Ministry of Health – Health Information Division. Leading causes of death in Israel 2000 – 2019. https://www.gov.il/BlobFolder/reports/leading-causes-of-death-in-israel/he/files_publications_units_info_CausesOfDeaths2019_Summary.pdf