November 20, 2023
Continued strong Cresemba® (isavuconazole) sales performance in Asia Pacific and China triggers third sales milestone payment for the region from Pfizer this year
Allschwil, Switzerland, November 20, 2023
Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd, Allschwil (SIX: BSLN), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to meeting the needs of patients with severe bacterial and fungal infections, announced today that the continued strong sales performance of the antifungal Cresemba® (isavuconazole) by its license partner Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE, “Pfizer”) in the Asia Pacific region and China exceeded the sales threshold triggering a further USD 1.25 million milestone payment.
David Veitch, Basilea’s Chief Executive Officer, stated: “This marks the third sales milestone payment for Asia Pacific and China this year. It highlights that Cresemba continues to serve a high medical need and also reflects the significant commercial potential of Cresemba in this region. We are pleased to see that Cresemba is well on track to become a leading global brand for the treatment of patients with invasive mold infections.”
The license agreement between Basilea and Pfizer for Cresemba covers Europe (excluding the Nordic countries) as well as 16 countries in the Asia Pacific region and China.
Cresemba is approved in 76 countries to date and is currently marketed in 71 countries, including the United States, most EU member states and additional countries inside and outside of Europe. According to the latest available market data, total global in-market sales of Cresemba in the twelve months between July 2022 and June 2023 amounted to USD 421 million, a 19 percent growth year-on-year.1
About Isavuconazole (Cresemba®)
Isavuconazole is an intravenous (i.v.) and oral azole antifungal, commercialized under the trade name Cresemba®. Basilea has entered into several license and distribution agreements for isavuconazole covering approximately 115 countries. In the 27 European Union member states, as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and the U.K., isavuconazole is approved for the treatment of adult patients with invasive aspergillosis and for adult patients with mucormycosis for whom amphotericin B is inappropriate.2 In China, the oral and intravenous formulations are approved for the treatment of adult patients with invasive aspergillosis and invasive mucormycosis. Isavuconazole is also approved in the United States and several additional countries in Europe and beyond, including Japan.3 It has orphan drug designation in the US, Europe and Australia for its approved indications.
Basilea is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company founded in 2000 and headquartered in Switzerland. We are committed to discovering, developing and commercializing innovative drugs to meet the needs of patients with severe bacterial or fungal infections. We have successfully launched two hospital brands, Cresemba for the treatment of invasive fungal infections and Zevtera for the treatment of bacterial infections. In addition, we have preclinical and clinical anti-infective assets in our portfolio. Basilea is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX: BSLN). Please visit basilea.com.
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For further information, please contact:
| Peer Nils Schröder, PhD
Head of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd, Allschwil
|+41 61 606 1102
This press release can be downloaded from www.basilea.com.
- IQVIA Analytics Link, June 2023. In-market sales reported as moving annual total (MAT) in US dollar.
- European Public Assessment Report (EPAR) Cresemba: www.ema.europa.eu [Accessed: November 19, 2023]
- The registration status and approved indications may vary from country to country.
- Press release (PDF)