HERTFORDSHIRE, England, and PITTSBURGH, June 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mylan N.V. (Nasdaq: MYL) today announced that it has launched the first bioequivalent alternative to GlaxoSmithKline's Seretide® Evohaler® (salmeterol xinafoate/fluticasone propionate) under the brand name Sirdupla™ in the UK. Sirdupla is a pressurized metered-dose inhaler (pMDI) and is indicated to help treat or prevent symptoms of asthma in adults 18 years of age and older., The product is being manufactured by 3M Drug Delivery Systems.
The UK has one of the highest rates of asthma in Europe, affecting one in five households, and, on average, three asthma patients in the UK die every day from the condition. With 5.4 million people suffering from asthma in the UK, the condition costs the National Health Service (NHS) £1 billion (1.53 billion USD) annually.
Mylan President Rajiv Malik said, "Mylan is excited to be the first company to offer adult asthma patients in the UK the generic version of Seretide Evohaler, delivering on our mission to increase access to high quality medicine. Sirdupla represents a significant advancement for the company that both strengthens our respiratory portfolio and pipeline and further demonstrates our ability to successfully execute on one of our key strategic growth drivers."
Mylan Europe President Jacek Glinka added, "The launch of Mylan's Sirdupla broadens patient access to an important treatment option and offers a familiar pMDI device experience to UK asthma sufferers. Asthma is a widespread illness in the UK and we are committed to contributing to ease this burden to both patients and the NHS."
"3M will fill, assemble and package Sirdupla at 3M's manufacturing facility in Loughborough, UK. By partnering with Mylan, 3M has taken an important step forward in the generics space. This partnership combines 3M's expertise in inhalation drug development and manufacturing with Mylan's leadership position in the global generics market, including expertise in commercializing complex respiratory products," said Cindy Kent, President and General Manager – 3M Drug Delivery Systems.
Sirdupla is a daily maintenance pressurized metered-dose inhaler that offers the same ease of use that patients expect from their asthma therapy. It is available in 125/25 mcg and 250/25 mcg with 120 doses.
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3M Drug Delivery Systems partners with pharmaceutical and biotech companies to develop and manufacture complex pharmaceutical products using 3M's inhalation, transdermal or microneedle drug delivery technology. 3M offers a full range of feasibility, development and manufacturing capabilities to help bring products to market. Regulatory expertise, quality assurance, operations, marketed product support and other in-house resources are available for each step of the development and commercialization process. For more information, please visit www.3M.com/dds or call 1-800-643-8086.
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 Data on file, Mylan.
 IMS MAT. February 2015.
 Sirdupla 125/25mcg Summary of Product Characteristics. May 2015.
 Sirdupla 250/25mcg Summary of Product Characteristics. May 2015.
 Asthma UK. Asthma facts and FAQs. http://www.asthma.org.uk/asthma-facts-and-statistics Accessed on April 30, 2015.
Seretide® and Evohaler® are registered trademarks of Glaxo Group Limited.
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