Aequus Pharmaceuticals Initiates Promotional Efforts for Transplant Product in Canada
Vancouver, BC. December 2, 2015– Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX-V: AQS, OTCQB: AQSZF) (“Aequus” or the “Company”), announced today it has initiated sales and marketing efforts in the Canadian market for generic tacrolimus, an immunosuppressive therapy used concomitantly with adrenal corticosteroids to prevent or treat rejection following organ transplant and for the reduction of symptoms experienced by patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Aequus has deployed its specialty hospital sales force targeting major transplant centers across Canada.
“A key component of our near term growth strategy is to unlock the market potential for certain approved specialty generics by providing promotional efforts with our sales team,” said Doug Janzen, Chairman and CEO of Aequus. “Tacrolimus provides us with an approved product currently generating revenues and competing in a multi-million dollar market, which we intend to use as a platform for building our Canadian commercial infrastructure.”
“Our goal is to help support physicians and payors regarding the use of this alternative to branded tacrolimus. Our Account Managers will be promoting the bioequivalence and extensive outcomes data totaling more than 280,000 patient years,” said Ian Ball, Chief Commercial Officer of Aequus. “We are excited to be promoting the only generic tacrolimus in the Canadian market, and offering this high-quality treatment option to the transplant community.”
According to IMS data, tacrolimus immediate release (IR) branded and generic products in Canada had sales of approximately $50M for the 12 months ending July, 2015. Aequus will be promoting the 0.5mg, 1mg and 5mg strengths of generic tacrolimus IR.
In line with the deployment of our salesforce and ongoing commercial development, Aequus is transitioning the previously announced binding term sheets into a full services agreement which covers sales and marketing activities for this and several other products with its partner.
Approved Clinical Uses of Tacrolimus IR in Canada
The following information is based on the Product Monograph for tacrolimus IR. Please refer to the full Product Monograph for all labeled safety information for tacrolimus IR.
- Prophylaxis of organ rejection in patients receiving allogeneic liver, kidney or heart transplants
- Treatment of refractory rejection in patients receiving allogeneic liver or kidney transplants
Tacrolimus is to be used concomitantly with adrenal corticosteroids and other immunosuppressive agents. The safety and efficacy of the use of tacrolimus with sirolimus has not been established.
Only physicians experienced in immunosuppressive therapy and management of organ transplant should prescribe tacrolimus. Patients receiving the drug should be managed in facilities equipped and staffed with adequate laboratory and supportive medical resources. The physician responsible for maintenance therapy should have complete information requisite for the follow-up of the patient.
- Treatment of active rheumatoid arthritis in adult patients for whom disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy is ineffective or inappropriate
Tacrolimus may be used as monotherapy or in combination with non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and/or steroids, although the possibility of increased toxicity has not been fully explored.
ABOUT AEQUUS PHARMACEUTICALS
Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX-V: AQS, OTCQB: AQSZF) is a Vancouver-based, specialty pharmaceutical company primarily focused on developing and commercializing high quality, differentiated products. Aequus’ development stage pipeline includes several products in neurology and psychiatry with a goal of addressing the need for improved medication adherence through enhanced delivery systems. Aequus intends to commercialize its internal programs in Canada and to establish strategic partnerships to accelerate product development and maximize the reach of its product candidates worldwide. Through the recent acquisition of TeOra Health, Aequus now has a Canadian commercial platform to build on for the launch of products that are either created internally or brought in through an acquisition or license, remaining focused on highly specialized therapeutic areas. For further information, please visit www.aequuspharma.ca.
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