- Labopharm's Canadian Marketing Partner, Paladin, Enters Into Co-
Promotion Agreement with Nycomed Canada -
LAVAL, QC, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - Labopharm Inc. (TSX: DDS, NASDAQ: DDSS) today
announced that its Canadian licensing and distribution partner for its
once-daily tramadol product (Tridural(TM)), Paladin Labs Inc. (TSX: PLB), has
entered into a co-promotion agreement for Tridural(TM) with Nycomed Canada
Inc. The agreement will double the number of primary care sales
representatives promoting Tridural(TM) in Canada.
"The addition of Nycomed's sales force to that of Paladin will
significantly expand the marketing and sales effort behind our product," said
James R. Howard-Tripp, President and Chief Executive Officer, Labopharm Inc.
"We are very pleased with the continued penetration of Tridural(TM) into the
Canadian pain market. While still relatively early in the launch, growth
indicators and feedback from the market are very strong."
Under the co-promotion agreement between Paladin and Nycomed, Nycomed
will share brand responsibilities and expenses with Paladin and will deploy a
national primary care sales force to promote Tridural(TM). Paladin will
continue to manage distribution of Tridural(TM) and will also continue to
promote Tridural(TM) using its primary care sales force.
Labopharm entered into a licensing and distribution agreement for its
once-daily tramadol product for Canada with Paladin in July 2007. Paladin
subsequently launched the product to the Canadian market in September 2007.
Tridural(TM) is a unique treatment option developed as a first-line
therapy for adult patients with moderate pain who require treatment for
several days or more that provides 24-hour pain relief from a single tablet
taken once-daily. Tridural(TM) is based on Labopharm's proprietary
controlled-release technology, Contramid(R), and a novel dual matrix delivery
system that facilitates both rapid and sustained drug release, maintaining
therapeutic blood levels of tramadol for a full 24-hour period. Tridural(TM)
offers physicians and patients greater treatment flexibility based on its
relatively rapid two-day titration schedule, which could help patients reach
their optimum daily dose faster than any other approved once-daily tramadol
product and quickly achieve effective pain relief. In addition, Tridural(TM)
has a demonstrated safety profile based on clinical trial experience of more
than 2,400 patients globally and almost two years of commercial experience.
About the Global Commercialization Program for Labopharm's Once-Daily
Under its global commercialization program, Labopharm's once-daily
tramadol product has been launched in 10 countries, including the five largest
markets in Europe and Canada, and is approved in 15 other countries. Including
those countries in which its product has been launched, Labopharm has
licensing and distributions in place for more than 50 markets worldwide.
About Labopharm Inc.
Labopharm is an emerging leader in optimizing the performance of existing
small molecule drugs using its proprietary controlled-release technologies.
The Company's lead product, a unique once-daily formulation of tramadol, is
being commercially launched in key markets globally. The Company also has a
robust pipeline of follow-on products in both pre-clinical and clinical
development. Labopharm's vision is to become a fully integrated,
international, specialty pharmaceutical company with the capability to
internally develop and commercialize its own products. For more information,
please visit www.labopharm.com.
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Company's current expectations regarding future events. The forward-looking
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