Cipher Pharmaceuticals Announces Approvals of Astion Acquired Barrier Creams by Health Canada and the Medicines Evaluation Board

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 6, 2016 /CNW/ - Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CPHR; TSX:CPH) ("Cipher" or "the Company") today announced it has received Health Canada approvals for SD Cream and AD Cream (also known as Dermadexin and Pruridexin). Both products were approved in Canada by the Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate. In addition European approval of Helioclin® Pruritus SD Cream (also known as Pruridexin) was achieved.

Helioclin® Dermatitis SD Cream (also known as Dermadexin) was approved in Europe in 2014 and with the approval of Helioclin® Pruritus SD Cream last week as a Class III medical device, Cipher is now in a position to partner to launch and grow a product line with significant potential in the European market.

In Canada, the SD Cream is a patent-protected topical barrier-repair cream for the management and relief of the signs and symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis (such as erythema, scaling and pruritis). AD Cream is a patent-protected topical cream for the management and relief of the signs and symptoms of atopic and contact dermatitis (such as erythema, scaling and pruritus).

"We continue to deliver on our key regulatory milestones and our plan to expand the Canadian product portfolio," said Shawn O'Brien, President & Chief Executive Officer of Cipher. "These products target chronic inflammatory conditions that we believe are insufficiently addressed today. While we finalize our commercialization plans in Canada, we are very focused on obtaining U.S. approvals for both products, which we are targeting later this year."

Cipher acquired the worldwide rights to these two products from Astion Pharma A/S in February, 2015. Dermadexin has been tested in two vehicle-controlled, multicenter clinical trials (452 patients) where it displayed a marked and statistically significant effect on the symptoms of facial seborrhoeic dermatitis. Pruridexin has been tested in two vehicle-controlled, multicenter clinical trials (367 patients) and displayed a marked and statistically significant effect on the pruritus.

In Canada, Cipher plans to market the products through its internal sales team. The Company expects to out-license Helioclin® Pruritus SD Cream and Helioclin® Dermatitis SD Cream in Europe. 

About Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Cipher Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CPHR; TSX:CPH) is a rapidly growing specialty pharmaceutical dermatology company with a diversified portfolio of commercial-stage products with the goal of becoming the most customer-centric dermatology company in North America.

Cipher completed seven transactions in 2015, including the acquisition of Innocutis and its nine branded dermatology products, to build its U.S. commercial presence, expand its Canadian dermatology franchise and broaden its pipeline. Cipher is well-capitalized to drive long-term, sustained earnings growth by leveraging its proven clinical development capabilities and efficient commercial execution. For more information, visit

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SOURCE Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.

For further information: Investors: In Canada: Craig Armitage, LodeRock Advisors, (416) 347-8954,; In the United States: Thomas Hoffmann, The Trout Group LLC, (646) 378-2931,; Media: Mike Beyer, Sam Brown Inc., (312) 961-2502,


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