Eisai invests in manufacturing capacity

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Japanese drugmaker Eisai is planning to double the production
capacity for its two top-selling drugs - Pariet and Aricept - by
2004, with an investment of ¥9 billion (€65m).

Japanese drugmaker Eisai is planning to double the production capacity for its two top-selling drugs by 2004 with an investment of ¥9 billion (€65m). Work has already started on a new five-storey production facility at the company's plant in Ibaraki Prefecture and the facility is set to open at the end of next year, according to a report in Japan's Nihon Keizai Shimbun​ newspaper.

The two products are the proton pump inhibitor Pariet (rabeprazole) for gastrointestinal ulcers and Aricept (donepezil) for Alzheimer's disease. Eisai is expecting sales of these agents to rise to ¥220 billion and ¥180 billion, respectively, in fiscal 2006. For the fiscal year ended 31 March, Eisai reported Pariet sales of ¥117 billion, while Aricept brought in ¥115 billion.

Meantime, in order to accelerate the development of new products, Eisai will also install production lines to manufacture drugs for clinical trials. The company expects to see a decrease in production time of 33 to 50 per cent by handling in-house some of the work that has traditionally been outsourced.

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