AstraZeneca And Ironwood Link Up To Bring Linaclotide To China
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
Ironwood has signed AstraZeneca as its partner to develop and commercialize the irritable bowel syndrome drug linaclotide in China, though a Phase III trial has yet to start; Ironwood also announced it will commercialize AstraZeneca’s Nexium in the U.S.
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Locally-acting linaclotide wins FDA approval for two indications – chronic idiopathic constipation and constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome – with no limits on length of use, a development that could reinvigorate the GI space.
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