DUBLIN, Ireland and BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Jan. 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amarin Corporation plc (NASDAQ:AMRN) today announced that Medsafe in New Zealand has granted approval to VAZKEPA (icosapent ethyl) to reduce the risk of cardiovascular (CV) events in adult statin-treated patients with high CV risk with elevated triglycerides.
Cardiovascular disease is a significant health issue for people living in New Zealand. Currently, an estimated 175,000 adult New Zealanders are living with cardiovascular disease, and one in three deaths in New Zealand are caused by cardiovascular disease.i
“The regulatory approval of VAZKEPA in New Zealand adds to the ongoing progress by Amarin to bring an important treatment to patients to help address their residual cardiovascular disease risk,” said Steven Ketchum, EVP & President, Research & Development, Amarin. “We are proud of this important step in our effort to extend the reach and access to this important product to patients around the world who may benefit from the treatment and reduce their risk of a cardiovascular event.”
The approval in New Zealand marks the seventh regulatory approval for the VASCEPA/VAZKEPA franchise in key international markets since 2022. Amarin is now actively engaging with potential commercialization partners in New Zealand to support the introduction of VAZKEPA across the New Zealand market.
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.
This press release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including beliefs about Amarin’s strategic direction and actions management has taken to stabilize our U.S. business and position Amarin for growth and value creation; the runway for growth as Amarin’s strategic focus shifts toward expanding the business in Europe and other international markets; Amarin’s continued focus on comprehensive cost reduction program and other cash preservation initiatives, Amarin’s commitment to identifying and rigorously evaluating new highly qualified, independent candidates for Amarin’s Board of Directors, including full, comprehensive evaluation of Sarissa Capital Management LP’s proposed nominees; and the overall potential and future success of VASCEPA (marketed as VAZKEPA in Europe) and Amarin generally. These forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees and involve substantial risks and uncertainties. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other risks associated with an investment in Amarin can be found in Amarin's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including Amarin’s annual report on Form 10-K for the full year ended 2021. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Amarin undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise. Amarin’s forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of significant transactions the company may enter into, such as mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures or any material agreements that Amarin may enter into, amend or terminate.
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i New Zealand Heart Foundation: General Heart Statistics in New Zealand. https://www.heartfoundation.org.nz/statistics