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FDA Accepts Once Daily 23 mg Aricept(R) Extended Release NDA for Review
Date:11/24/2009

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. and NEW YORK, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Eisai Inc. and Pfizer Inc announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review Eisai's New Drug Application (NDA) for once daily 23 mg Aricept® (donepezil HCl extended release) tablets for the treatment of moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease (AD). This new higher dose formulation contains 23 mg of donepezil HCl in an extended release, matrix-type tablet with a delivery system that allows for gradual release of the drug. The NDA is based on a head-to-head clinical study comparing the 23 mg Aricept extended release tablet to the currently marketed once daily 10 mg Aricept® (donepezil HCl) immediate release tablet. More than 1400 patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease were enrolled in this global study.

Acceptance of the NDA indicates that the FDA has found the company's submission to be sufficiently complete to review. Eisai and Pfizer believe this new formulation will potentially provide physicians, patients and their families with another option for the management of Alzheimer's disease.

About Aricept® (donepezil HCl) tablet

Aricept is the first and only prescription medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of all stages of AD -- mild, moderate and severe dementia of the Alzheimer's type. This indication is supported by evidence-based medicine, with numerous well-controlled clinical studies of AD in all stages and multiple settings among thousands of patients, demonstrating that Aricept improves cognition and slows the decline of overall function. Aricept is currently available in 5 mg and 10 mg immediate release tablets, dosed once daily. It is co-promoted in the United States by Eisai Inc. and Pfizer Inc.

Aricept is well tolerated but may not be for everyone. People at risk for stomach ulcers or who take certain other medicines should tell t
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