AstraZeneca, China Medical System Partner for Antihypertensive DrugBy
AstraZeneca has entered into a licensing agreement with China Medical System Holdings Ltd (CMS) for the commercialization rights in China to its calcium channel blocker, Plendil (felodipine). Plendil was first approved in China in 1995 for the treatment of hypertension or high blood pressure and in 2015 achieved product sales of $189 million.
Under the terms of the agreement, CMS will pay AstraZeneca $310 million for the license to sell Plendil in China. AstraZeneca will maintain a long-term interest in the future value derived from Plendil sales in China and will manufacture and supply the medicine to CMS. AstraZeneca will retain the global rights to Plendil outside China. The transaction does not include the transfer of any AstraZeneca employees or facilities.
AstraZeneca has also entered into an agreement with CMS and its associated company, Tibet Rhodiola Pharmaceutical Holding Co., for the divestment of the global rights to Imdur outside the US. Imdur is a mature medicine for the prevention of angina in patients with heart disease; its global sales outside the US were $57 million in 2015. Under the terms of this agreement, AstraZeneca will receive $190 million for the rights to Imdur in all markets outside the US. The divestment is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016.