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Orion Animal Health’s Bonqat® (pregabalin) receives positive CVMP opinion


The Committee for Medical Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended Bonqat® (pregabalin) for marketing authorisation in the European Union.

The compound is recommended for alleviation of acute anxiety and fear associated with transportation and veterinary visits in cats. The final decision of the European Commission on the marketing authorisation is expected in the coming months.

Pregabalin is a new active substance for veterinary use and it acts in the central nervous system by reducing the release of various neurotransmitters (glutamate and monoaminergic neurotransmitters), resulting in an anxiolytic effect.

Orion has also submitted a new animal drug application for pregabalin to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Contact person:
Niclas Lindstedt, Vice President, Orion Animal Health, Orion Corporation
tel. +358 10 426 4116

Orion Corporation
Orionintie 1A, FI-02200 Espoo, Finland

Orion is a globally operating Finnish pharmaceutical company – a builder of well-being. Orion develops, manufactures and markets human and veterinary pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. The company is continuously developing new drugs and treatment methods. The core therapy areas of Orion's pharmaceutical R&D are neurological disorders, oncology and respiratory diseases for which Orion develops inhaled pulmonary medication. Orion's net sales in 2020 amounted to EUR 1,078 million and the company had about 3,300 employees at the end of the year. Orion's A and B shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.