Drug Profile


Alternative Names: Daxim; ODM 109; OR-1259; Oral levosimendan - Orion; Simdax

Latest Information Update: 01 Nov 2017

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At a glance

  • Originator Orion
  • Developer Abbott Laboratories; AbbVie; Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine; Orion; Tenax Therapeutics
  • Class Antiarrhythmics; Cardiotonics; Hydrazones; Nitriles; Pyridazines; Small molecules; Vasodilators
  • Mechanism of Action Calcium-binding protein modulators; Calcium-sensitising phosphodiesterase inhibitors; Potassium channel agonists; Type 3 cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase inhibitors
  • Orphan Drug Status

    Orphan designation is assigned by a regulatory body to encourage companies to develop drugs for rare diseases.

    Yes - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • New Molecular Entity Yes

Highest Development Phases

  • Marketed Acute heart failure
  • Phase III Low cardiac output
  • Phase II Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Discontinued Chronic heart failure; Myocardial infarction; Septic shock; Stroke; Transient ischaemic attacks

Most Recent Events

  • 04 Oct 2017 Levosimendan receives Orphan Drug status for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in USA
  • 16 May 2017 Additional efficacy data from the phase III LEVO-CTS trial in Low cardiac output released by Tenax Therapeutics
  • 08 Feb 2017 Orion completes a phase II trial in Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland and Netherlands (NCT02487407)
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