AOP Orphan expands its range of special cardiovascular preparations
AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals has been awarded the exclusive distributions rights for Brinavess® (vernakalant) by Cardiome Pharma Corporation for most Central and Eastern European countries, as well as for Switzerland and Austria. Please refer to the press release of Cardiome Pharma Corporation for further details on this cooperation:
CARDIOME ANNOUNCES COMMERCIALIZATION PARTNERSHIP FOR BRINAVESS™ IN SELECT EUROPEAN MARKETS
Vancouver, Canada, July 3, 2013
Cardiome Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ: CRME / TSX: COM) today announced an agreement with AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals AG, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, to commercialize BRINAVESS™ (vernakalant intravenous) in select European markets. AOP Orphan will support Cardiome in obtaining product registrations required for the marketing and sale of BRINAVESS in the AOP Orphan countries and will actively call on customers to promote the product. Under terms of the agreement, AOP Orphan has agreed to specific annual commercial goals for BRINAVESS. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Execution of the BRINAVESS commercial agreement with AOP Orphan fulfills a key objective in Cardiome’s European commercialization strategy,” said William Hunter, M.D., CEO of Cardiome. “Through the agreement, additional physicians and patients beyond the reach of our current sales force will have access to BRINAVESS. We are very pleased to have partnered with such a well-known, highly experienced and respected company.”
“We are excited to partner and work with Cardiome, and to add BRINAVESS to our cardiovascular drug portfolio,” said Rudolf Widmann, Ph. D., CEO of AOP Orphan. “The synergies that exist between BRINAVESS and our cardiovascular franchise should enable us to build on our existing customer base by offering a complementary product and develop new customer relationships which are key to our future growth.”
The initial term of this commercial agreement begins July 1, 2013 for the duration of three years and is renewable on an annual basis, or longer, thereafter. The AOP Orphan countries include: Austria; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Czech Republic; Estonia; Hungary; Kazakhstan; Latvia; Lithuania; Montenegro; Macedonia; Poland; Romania; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Switzerland; and Ukraine.
About Cardiome Pharma Corp.
Cardiome Pharma Corp. is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of new therapies that will improve the health of patients around the world. Cardiome has one marketed product, BRINAVESS™ (vernakalant IV), approved in Europe and other territories for the rapid conversion of recent onset atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm in adults.
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