Mundipharma to distribute Grünenthal’s pain-relief drug in China

By Flora Southey

- Last updated on GMT

(Image: iStock/Frankljunior)
(Image: iStock/Frankljunior)
German firm Grünenthal has signed a license and distribution deal with Mundipharma for the former’s analgesic Tramal (tramadol).

From May 1, Mundipharma will take over the marketing and distribution of the drug – designed to treat moderate to severe pain – from an unnamed partner.

“Mundipharma and Grünenthal already have several established partnerships around the world, however in China the companies have not worked together so far,” ​a Grünenthal spokesperson told us.

The commercial partnership covers Tramal sustained release tablets, immediate release capsules, and an intravenous formulation designed for use post-operation (patient controlled intravenous analgesia).

“Tramal combines multiple modes of action, which bring benefits including effectiveness on both nociceptive and neuropathic pain, a good tolerability profile and so on,” ​the spokesperson told us.

“Given Mundipharma’s strong commitment and experience in pain management in China, we hope to make Tramal available for even more Chinese pain-patients in need of effective medication,” ​said Grünenthal CEO Gabriel Baertschi.

Mundipharma CEO Raman Singh said the firm is pleased to extend its relationship with Grünenthal, and to advance the treatment of patients in China – where he said there remains an unmet patient need.

“Both organisations are committed to ensuring the responsible use of analgesic medications to treat post-operative patients when other options provide insufficient relief,” ​he added.

In September last year, Janssen selected​ Mundipharma to sell, market and promote its diabetes medicines.

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