News Release


Co-Promotion of Anti-Allergic Drug, "Allelock Tablets"

August 22, 2003

Kyowa Hakko Kogyo Co., Ltd. (Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, President: Yuzuru Matsuda) and Kyorin Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, President: Ikuo Ogihara) have agreed to co-promote (co-promotion: 1 brand, 1 channel) in Japan the sale of an anti-allergic drug, "Allelock® Tablets 2.5 mg"/"Allelock® Tablets 5 mg" (nonproprietary name: olopatadine hydrochloride) currently being manufactured and sold by Kyowa Hakko. The co-promotion begins from October 1, 2003 and focuses towards general practitioners with less than 100 beds (hereinafter referred to as "GP").

"Allelock® Tablets" were created and developed by Kyowa Hakko and launched into the Japanese market on March 6, 2001. Since then, the drug has been highly rated as a therapeutic drug for allergic diseases because of the following characteristics

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