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Asia Pacific, August 23, 2022 – Takeda today announced that its live attenuated dengue vaccine (TAK-003), was approved by the Indonesia National Agency for Drug and Food Control, Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan (BPOM). Indonesia is the first country globally to approve TAK-003 for the prevention of dengue disease in individuals six to 45 years of age, regardless of previous dengue exposure and without need for pre-vaccination testing.1
“We are thrilled to announce the approval of our dengue vaccine in Indonesia, signifying a new era in the management of dengue. This milestone is critical as Indonesia suffers from a high burden of dengue in the region, causing severe impacts on the health and welfare of the people,” said Dr. Mahender Nayak, Asia Pacific Area Head, Takeda. “Our extensive clinical data demonstrates that our dengue vaccine provides protection for children and adults across all four dengue serotypes, preventing serious illness and hospitalization for those living in Indonesia. Years of steadfast dedication and cumulative efforts have brought us here today, and we remain committed to protect those at risk of contracting dengue in endemic communities, many of which are located in this part of the world.”
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that poses a significant global public health threat, with prevalence in over 100 countries. In the first half of 2022 alone, Indonesia reported over 63,000 dengue cases and nearly 600 deaths spread across 455 cities in 34 provinces.
“Indonesia is a dengue-endemic country where cases increase at the start of rainy season and put everyone at risk, both children and adults who may experience mild to severe symptoms of dengue,” said Prof. Dr.dr. Sri Rezeki Hadinegoro Sp.A(K), Professor of Pediatric Infectious Disease. “The approval of the new tetravalent dengue vaccine is an option for dengue prevention, particularly for the population at the age group of 6-45 years old, regardless of their previous dengue exposure, and with no pre-vaccination screening required."
"We are delighted with the approval of the dengue tetravalent vaccine for adults, where this population has an equal risk of contracting dengue with younger populations regardless of their lifestyle and where they live. This indication means we can protect more people in the family against dengue," said Dr. Sukamto Koesnoe, SpPD KAI, Head of Adult Immunization Task Force, PB PAPDI (The Indonesian Society of Internal Medicine).
The approval of the tetravalent dengue vaccine is based on data from the Phase 3 Tetravalent Immunization against Dengue Efficacy Study (TIDES) trial that enrolled over 20,000 healthy children and adolescents ages four to 16 years living in dengue-endemic areas. Takeda’s tetravalent dengue vaccine demonstrated continued overall protection against dengue illness and hospitalization three years after vaccination, regardless of an individual’s previous dengue exposure.1
The vaccine has been generally well tolerated, with no evidence of disease enhancement in vaccine recipients, and no important safety risks have been identified in the TIDES trial, to date. Takeda recently presented long-term safety and efficacy results from the TIDES trial through 54 months of follow-up, which further validated the vaccine’s efficacy and safety profile.
Takeda is proud to make its tetravalent dengue vaccine available to health care providers and their eligible patients in Indonesia. Takeda is also committed to increasing accessibility of the vaccine in collaboration with BPOM and local health experts.
TAK-003 is currently undergoing regulatory review for the prevention of dengue in children and adults in the European Union (EU) and in dengue-endemic countries outside the EU through the EU-M4all (previously Article 58) procedure. It is not yet approved for use in other countries.
About TAK-003, Takeda’s Live Attenuated Tetravalent Dengue Vaccine
Takeda’s tetravalent dengue vaccine (TAK-003) is a vaccine that is based on a live-attenuated dengue serotype 2 virus, which provides the genetic “backbone” for all four dengue virus serotypes and is designed to protect against any of these serotypes.
In Indonesia, TAK-003 has been approved for the prevention of dengue disease caused by any dengue virus serotype in individuals six to 45 years of age and should be administered as a 0.5 mL dose at a two-dose (0 and 3 months) schedule.1
The use of TAK-003 should be in accordance with official recommendations.
TAK-003 was assessed across a robust clinical development program that included various Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials, and more than 28,000 participants, including Takeda’s pivotal Tetravalent Immunization against Dengue Efficacy Study (TIDES) trial. The TIDES trial met its primary endpoint of overall vaccine efficacy (VE) against virologically-confirmed dengue (VCD) with 80.2% efficacy at 12-months follow-up. The trial also met all secondary endpoints for which there were a sufficient number of dengue cases at 18-months follow-up., The VE result in preventing hospitalization due to VCD fever was 90.4%. Up to three years after the second dose, VE in preventing VCD was shown for all four serotypes in baseline dengue seropositive subjects. In baseline seronegative subjects, VE was shown for DENV-1 and DENV-2, but not shown for DENV-3 and could not be shown for DENV-4 due to lower incidence of cases.1 Through four and a half years (54 months after the second dose), TAK-003 demonstrated continued overall protection, with sustained overall VE of 61.2% and 84.1% VE against hospitalized dengue.6
TAK-003 has been generally well tolerated, with no evidence of disease enhancement in vaccine recipients, and no important safety risks have been identified in the TIDES trial, to date.6
Important Safety Information
Please consult the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) before prescribing.
Guidance for use: TAK-003 should be administered by subcutaneous injection preferably in the upper arm in the region of deltoid. TAK-003 must not be injected intravascularly, intradermally or intramuscularly. Vaccination should be postponed in subjects suffering from an acute severe febrile illness. The presence of a minor infection, such as a cold, should not result in a deferral of vaccination. Vaccination should be preceded by a review of the individual’s medical history (especially with regards to previous vaccination and possible hypersensitivity reactions which occurred after vaccination). Appropriate medical treatment and supervision must always be readily available in the event of a rare anaphylactic reaction following administration of the vaccine. Anxiety-related reactions, including vasovagal reactions (syncope), hyperventilation or stress‐related reactions may occur in association with vaccination as a psychogenic response to the needle injection. It is important that precautions are in place to avoid injury from fainting. A protective immune response with TAK-003 may not be elicited in all vaccinees against all serotypes of dengue virus and may decline over time. It is currently unknown whether a lack of protection could result in an increased severity of dengue. It is recommended to continue personal protection measures against mosquito bites after vaccination. Individuals should seek medical care if they develop dengue symptoms or dengue warning signs.
Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to the active substances or excipients listed, or to previous TAK-003 dose. Individuals with congenital or acquired immune deficiency, including immunosuppressive therapies such as chemotherapy or high doses of systemic corticosteroids (e.g., 20 mg/day or 2 mg/kg body weight/day of prednisone for 2 weeks or more) within 4 weeks prior to vaccination. Individuals with symptomatic HIV infection or asymptomatic HIV infection with impaired immune function. Pregnant and breast-feeding women.
Adverse Reactions: Most frequently reported reactions in subjects 4 to 60 years of age were injection site pain (50%), headache (35%), myalgia (31%), injection site erythema (27%), malaise (24%), asthenia (20%), and fever (11%). Very common: (≥1/10 of subjects): upper respiratory tract infectiona, decreased appetitec, irritabilityc, headache, somnolencec, myalgia, injection site pain, injection site erythema, malaise, asthenia, fever. Common (≥1/100 to <1/10): nasopharyngitis, pharyngotonsillitisb, injection site swelling, injection site bruisinge, injection site prurituse, influenza like illness. aIncludes upper respiratory tract infection and viral upper respiratory tract infection. bIncludes pharyngotonsillitis and tonsillitis. cCollected in children 4-6 years of age in clinical studies. dIncludes rash, viral rash, rash maculopapular, and rash pruritic. eReported in adults in clinical studies. Refer to the SmPC for details on full side effect profile and interactions.
For full prescribing information, please see the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) for TAK-003.
Please consult with your local regulatory agency for approved labeling in your country.
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EU-M4all (or EU-Medicines for all) is a procedure designed to facilitate patient access to essential medicines or vaccines intended to prevent or treat diseases of major public health interest. Through the EU-M4all procedure (previously known as the Article 58 procedure), the EMA, in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), can provide scientific opinion on medicines and vaccines for public health priority diseases that are intended for markets outside of the EU.
About the Phase 3 TIDES (DEN-301) Trial
The double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled Phase 3 Tetravalent Immunization against Dengue Efficacy Study (TIDES) trial is evaluating the safety and efficacy of two doses of TAK-003 in the prevention of laboratory-confirmed symptomatic dengue fever of any severity and due to any of the four dengue virus serotypes in children and adolescents.8 Study participants were randomized 2:1 to receive two doses of TAK-003 0.5 mL or placebo on Months 0 and 3, administered subcutaneously.8 The study is comprised of five parts. Part 1 and the primary endpoint analysis evaluated vaccine efficacy (VE) and safety through 12 months after the second dose.8 Part 2 continued for an additional six months to complete the assessment of the secondary endpoints of VE by serotype, baseline serostatus and disease severity, including VE against hospitalized dengue.8 Part 3 evaluated VE and long-term safety by following participants for an additional two and a half to three years, as per World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. Part 4 will evaluate efficacy and safety for 13 months following booster vaccination, and Part 5 will evaluate long-term efficacy and safety for one year after completion of Part 4.10
The trial is taking place at sites in dengue-endemic areas in Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua) and Asia (Philippines, Thailand and Sri Lanka) where there are unmet needs in dengue prevention and where severe dengue is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children.10 Baseline blood samples were collected from all individuals participating in the trial to allow for evaluation of safety and efficacy based on serostatus. Takeda and an independent Data Monitoring Committee of experts are actively monitoring safety on an ongoing basis.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that spreads rapidly around the world and was one of the WHO’s top 10 threats to global health in 2019. 2, Dengue is mainly spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and, to a lesser extent, Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. It is caused by any of four dengue virus serotypes, each of which can cause dengue fever or severe dengue. The prevalence of individual serotypes varies across different geographies, countries, regions, seasons and over time. Recovery from infection by one serotype provides lifelong immunity against only that serotype, and later exposure to any of the remaining serotypes is associated with an increased risk of severe disease.2
Dengue is pandemic prone, and outbreaks are observed in tropical and sub-tropical areas and have recently caused outbreaks in parts of the continental United States and Europe., Approximately half of the world now lives under the threat of dengue, which is estimated to cause 390 million infections and around 20,000 deaths globally each year.13, The dengue virus can infect people of all ages and is a leading cause of serious illness among children in some countries in Latin America and Asia.13
Takeda’s Commitment to Vaccines
Vaccines prevent 3.5 to 5 million deaths each year and have transformed global public health. For more than 70 years, Takeda has supplied vaccines to protect the health of people in Japan. Today, Takeda’s global vaccine business is applying innovation to tackle some of the world’s most challenging infectious diseases, such as dengue, COVID-19, pandemic flu and Zika. Takeda’s team brings an outstanding track record and a wealth of knowledge in vaccine development and manufacturing to advance a pipeline of vaccines to address some of the world’s most pressing public health needs. For more information, visit www.Takeda.com/what-we-do/areas-of-focus/vaccines/.
Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions. For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com.
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