Astellas introduces Myrbetriq™, a new class of treatment for Canadian
patients with overactive bladder
Myrbetriq is now available in pharmacies across Canada
MARKHAM, ON, April 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Overactive bladder (OAB) is a chronic,
debilitating condition that can have a profound, negative impact on a
patient's quality of life.( 1) Many patients with OAB are plagued by
depression,(2) experience a disruption in sleep,(3) limit their social
activity,(4) and experience a loss of control and decreased self-esteem.(5)
An estimated 2.9 million Canadian men and women(6) suffer from OAB
symptoms(7), which include:
-- A strong, sudden urge to urinate
-- The need to urinate more often than usual, usually more than
eight times in a 24 hour period
-- Waking up two or more times in the night to urinate (a
condition called nocturia)
-- Urge incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine immediately
following an urgent need to urinate.
Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc., the Canadian subsidiary of Tokyo-based Astellas
Pharma Inc., today announced the availability of Myrbetriq™ (mirabegron,
extended-release tablets) for the treatment of OAB with symptoms of urge
urinary incontinence, urgency and urinary frequency.(8) Myrbetriq is now
available in pharmacies across Canada.
"Simply focusing on the treatment of OAB symptoms is not enough for patients,"
says Dr. Blair Egerdie, BSc, MD, FRCSC, Investigator, Mirabegron Phase III
trial and Vice President, Medical, St. Mary's General Hospital, Adjunct
Professor of Urology at the University of Western Ontario. "We know OAB
symptoms can be distressing; therefore, a focus on helping improve quality of
life is critical. Everything from our patient's emotional well-being, to their
productivity at work, mood, and social functioning can be affected. Treatment
options that can help minimize this very real, very personal impact represent
an important achievement in the treatment of OAB."
Myrbetriq's distinct mechanism of action helps to increase bladder capacity by
relaxing the detrusor smooth muscle during the storage phase of the urinary
bladder fill-void cycle.(9) This β3-adrenoceptor agonist both reduces the
activity of an overactive bladder as well as treats the related symptoms.(1)
"Until now, when we've turned to medication to help with OAB symptoms, we've
tried to block the chemical that causes bladder contractions," explains Dr.
Egerdie. "β3-agonists, however, essentially quiet an overactive bladder by
relaxing the bladder, thereby increasing its capacity. Because OAB affects
individuals so differently, these kinds of treatment options are extremely
important to both physicians and patients."
Myrbetriq was evaluated in three, 12-week, double-blind, randomized,
placebo-controlled, parallel group, multicenter clinical trials in patients
with OAB with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence, urgency, and urinary
"Now that Myrbetriq is available through pharmacies, Canadian patients have
access to the first new class of medication for the treatment of OAB in over
30 years," said Michael Tremblay, President, Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc.
"Astellas is committed to improving quality of life for patients living with
overactive bladder, and we are pleased to add Myrbetriq to our portfolio of
Myrbetriq has been studied extensively in more than 10,000 individuals over 10
The efficacy of Myrbetriq has been evaluated in three phase 3 randomized,
double blind, placebo controlled, 12-week studies for the treatment of OAB
with symptoms of urgency and frequency with or without incontinence. Entry
criteria required that patients had symptoms of overactive bladder for at
least three months duration, at least 8 micturitions per day, and at least
three episodes of urgency with or without incontinence over a three day
period. The majority of patients were Caucasian (94%) and female (72%) with a
mean age of 59 years (range 18 - 95 years). The population included both
naïve patients who had not received prior antimuscarinic pharmacotherapy for
OAB (48%) and those who had received prior antimuscarinic pharmacotherapy for
The co-primary efficacy endpoints in all three trials were (1) change from
baseline to end of treatment (Week 12) in mean number of incontinence episodes
per 24 hours and (2) change from baseline to end of treatment (Week 12) in
mean number of micturitions per 24 hours, based on a three-day micturition
The recommended starting dose for Myrbetriq is 25 mg once daily with or
without food. Based on individual efficacy and tolerability, the dose may be
increased to 50 mg once daily.
About Overactive Bladder
Overactive bladder (OAB) is a symptomatic condition marked by the sudden,
compelling desire to pass urine that is difficult to defer.(12 )This sudden
urge to urinate, which is difficult to suppress, can lead to the involuntary
loss of urine (incontinence).(13 )OAB occurs when the bladder's smooth muscle,
known as the detrusor muscle, involuntarily contracts, which creates the
urgent need to urinate.(14 )Rushing to make it to the bathroom in time is
common for people with OAB.
OAB symptoms occur in approximately equal numbers of men and women, and are
more widespread in older patients of both genders.(15 )Urge incontinence is
the most common form of urinary incontinence in older adults, but it is not an
inevitable consequence of aging and therefore can, and should, be medically
OAB can greatly impact patients' lives. Patients who have incontinence as a
result of their OAB symptoms experience an even greater impact on their
quality of life than those who do not experience incontinence.(17)
About Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc.
Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc., headquartered in Markham, ON, is a Canadian
affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. Astellas is a pharmaceutical
company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through
the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. The
organization is committed to becoming a global category leader in focused
areas by combining outstanding R&D and marketing capabilities. In Canada,
Astellas has an intense commercial focus on five therapeutic areas - Urology,
Immunology, Infectious Disease, Dermatology and Oncology. For more information
about Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc., please visit the corporate website:
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