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Idorsia insomnia drug starts FDA review as founder Clozel's second act proceeds

FILE PHOTO: Jean-Paul Clozel, CEO of Swiss pharmaceutical company Idorsia, attends an interview with Reuters at the company’s headquarters in Allschwil near Basel, Switzerland May 15, 2018. Picture taken May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

ZURICH (Reuters) – Idorsia’s insomnia drug was accepted for review by U.S. regulators, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday, as founder Jean-Paul Clozel edges closer to bringing his new company’s first drug to market since selling Actelion for $30 billion.

“Should approval be received, the company anticipates launch in the U.S. in the first half of 2022,” Idorsia said, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration agreed to consider the medicine daridorexant for approval.

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