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Ono Seeks Label Expansion for Onoact Sepsis-Associated Tachyarrhythmia

August 9, 2019
Ono Pharmaceutical said on August 8 that it has submitted its short-acting selective β1 blocker Onoact (landiolol) in Japan for an additional indication of tachyarrhythmia (atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, and sinus tachycardia) associated with sepsis. The submission is based on…

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