Accord Healthcare Enters Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Molteni Farmaceutici for First Buprenorphine Implant Approved in Europe
Accord Healthcare has entered into an Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Molteni Farmaceutici for the commercialisation of Sixmo®▼ (buprenorphine implant). Sixmo is an opioid agonist therapy treatment, delivered through a first-of-its-kind implant, placed under the skin for six-months. Approved in Europe, it will offer a convenient way of providing treatment to those who need it.
This partnership agreement brings together, as Sixmo’s Marketing Authorisation Holder, the expertise and heritage of Molteni Farmaceutici in the speciality opioid addiction market, with the extensive commercial reach of Accord Healthcare which includes an expert sales and marketing team. The deal is strategically advantageous to both parties who share a common purpose to offer this treatment for addiction to people across Europe.
Paul Tredwell, Vice President Speciality Brands, Accord Healthcare, Europe, Middle East, and North Africa said: "This distribution agreement for Sixmo marks the beginning of our commitment to launch a number of medicines for the treatment of addiction, through our speciality CNS franchise. Our mandate is to increase access to vital medicines and with Sixmo, we have the potential to make a difference to patient lives by offering them additional choice in their treatment options.”
There are estimated to be 1.3m high-risk opioid users (mainly heroin) in Europe[i], yet treatment rates are low with only 50% of people with opioid dependence receiving an opioid agonist medicine (either methadone or buprenorphine)[ii].
Giuseppe Seghi Recli, President of Molteni Farmaceutici, said: “Our company’s primary goal is to devise treatments able to improve the patient’s quality of life. We believe Sixmo represents a real change in the paradigm of treatment of Opioid Use Disorder patients. This new agreement with Accord is a further step in Molteni growth strategy in its core business areas through relevant partnership at European level with the aim to improve patients’ access to new therapeutic options in addiction.”
[i] European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction EMCDDA 2019
[ii] EMCDDA – Tackling Opioid Dependence