India’s Cadila Healthcare Ltd (Zydus Cadila) and Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd, on Tuesday, announced a partnership to tackle chikungunya, and other emerging infectious diseases.
The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but it is expected that this partnership will boost access to medicines in the future, according to a company statement here.
Pankaj R. Patel, Chairman and Managing Director, Zydus group said by partnering with Takeda and leveraging the company’s development capabilities, the duo will take an important step to prevent chickungunya, which is highly prevalent in developing countries and causes suffering and disability.
Dr. Rahul Singhvi, Takeda Vaccines’ Chief Operating Officer said, chikungunya can be prevented by vaccines, and a vaccine might be licensed more quickly if we can accelerate development with this Zydus partnership.
The chikungunya virus most often is spread to people by the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictusmosquitoes, the same vectors that spread dengue and zika. The broad-based agreement includes early stage development to the final commercialisation of the vaccine. There is currently no vaccine to prevent or any medicine to treat chikungunya virus infection.
Chikungunya has been identified in over 60 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. After the bite of an infected mosquito, onset of illness occurs usually between 4 and 8 days but can range from 2 to 12 days. In some people, the joint pain may persist for months. People at risk for severe indications include newborns infected around the time of birth, older adults (of above 65 years), and people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease.
Since 2005, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar and Thailand have reported over 1.9 million cases and almost 1.3 million suspected cases of Chikungunya being recorded in the Caribbean islands, Latin American countries, and the US till 2015.
Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com, indianexpress.com, thehindubusinessline.com