Press release
Dec 3, 2014

Ultibro® Breezhaler® launched in the UK for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)


Tokyo, Japan – 3 December 2014: Sosei Group Corporation (“Sosei”; TSE Mothers Index: 4565) confirms that Ultibro® Breezhaler® has today been launched by Pfizer Limited (“Pfizer”) in the UK.

Under the terms of an exclusive UK promotional agreement signed between Pfizer and Novartis in September 2014, Ultibro® Breezhaler® is the latest innovative dual bronchodilator therapy to be made available for use by healthcare professionals across the UK to support the treatment of COPD patients.

COPD is the fifth leading cause of death in the UK, claiming more lives than breast, bowel or prostate cancer, and an estimated 3.7 million people live with COPD in the UK.1 The UK market is estimated to be the second largest globally in terms of COPD market value2.

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