Astellas gets expanded approval for Symbicort asthma drug in Japan

TOKYO, June 22 Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:58am EDT

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TOKYO, June 22 (Reuters) - Astellas Pharma Inc said on Friday it has received approval for additional use of its Symbicort Turbuhaler drug treatment for adult bronchial asthma in Japan beyond its current twice-daily usage limit.

Users in Japan can now use Symbicort, launched in Japan in January 2010, at the onset of an asthma attack and take one further inhalation after a few minutes if the attack continues, Astellas said. (Reporting by Mayumi Negishi; Editing by Michael Watson)