Cardiome and Allergan Announce XYDALBA™ (Dalbavancin) Licensing Agreement in International Markets


VANCOUVER, May 5, 2016 /CNW/ - Cardiome Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ: CRME / TSX: COM) announced that its affiliate has signed an exclusive license agreement with an affiliate of Allergan plc that will result in the Cardiome Group ("Cardiome") commercializing XYDALBA™ (Dalbavancin) in France, the U.K., Germany, Belgium, Nordic nations, certain other European nations (not already partnered), various Middle Eastern nations and Canada. Cardiome will provide Allergan with a staggered upfront payment totalling US$13 million and will provide Allergan additional milestone payments and royalties based upon commercial achievements and sales of XYDALBA™. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

XYDALBA™ was approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in February 2015 as a treatment for Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections (ABSSSIs) in adults and by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2014 for the treatment of adult patients with ABSSSI caused by susceptible Gram-positive bacteria, including MRSA. Dalbavancin is commercialized under the trade name DALVANCE® in the U.S. and XYDALBA™ in certain countries outside the U.S.

"Our license of XYDALBA™ is a transformational moment for Cardiome," said William Hunter, M.D., President and CEO of Cardiome. "Over the past three years we have restructured and redirected Cardiome to become a differentiated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on commercializing proprietary growth pharmaceuticals in Europe and Canada. XYDALBA™ will fit perfectly within our current commercial footprint alongside BRINAVESS, AGGRASTAT and ESMOCARD. Licensing a product of this profile is a strong signal of our progress and we look forward to working with Allergan to bring this compelling medicine to patients in need across our territories."

XYDALBA™ is approved for sale in the following territories licensed by Cardiome: the U.K., Germany, France, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Malta, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, and Ireland. XYDALBA™ is not yet approved in other countries for which Cardiome has licensed rights in including Canada and Switzerland. Cardiome expects to initiate commercial sales of XYDALBA™ in its territories as early as 2016. 

Conference Call

Cardiome will hold a teleconference and webcast on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8:00 am Eastern (5:00 am Pacific). To access the conference call, please dial 416-764-8609 or 1-888-390-0605 and use conference ID 47992527. The webcast can be accessed through Cardiome's website at or through the following link:

Webcast and telephone replays of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call through June 6, 2016. Please dial 416-764-8677 or 888-390-0541 and enter code 992527# to access the replay.

XYDALBA™ is a second generation, semi-synthetic lipoglycopeptide, which consists of a lipophilic side-chain added to an enhanced glycopeptide backbone. XYDALBA™ is the first and only IV antibiotic approved for the treatment of ABSSSI with a two-dose regimen of 1000 mg followed one week later by 500 mg, each administered over 30 minutes, and a single dose regimen of 1500 mg also administered over 30 minutes. XYDALBA™ demonstrates bactericidal activity in vitro against a range of Gram-positive bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus (including methicillin-resistant, also known as MRSA, strains) and Streptococcus pyogenes, as well as certain other streptococcal species.

There were more than 4.8 million hospital admissions of adults with ABSSSI from 2005 through 2011, which included patients with cellulitis, erysipelas, wound infection and major cutaneous abscess. In fact, hospital admissions for ABSSSI significantly increased by 17.3 percent during this timeframe. The majority of all skin and soft tissue infections in hospitalized patients are caused by streptococci and Staphylococcus aureus, and approximately 59 percent of these S. aureus infections in the U.S. are estimated to be caused by MRSA. Early and effective treatment of ABSSSI is critical to optimize patient recovery and for certain patients may also help to avoid potentially lengthy and costly hospital stays.

About Cardiome Pharma Corp.
Cardiome Pharma Corp. is a specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of cardiovascular therapies that will improve the quality of life and health of patients suffering from heart disease. Cardiome has two marketed, in-hospital, cardiology products, BRINAVESSTM (vernakalant IV), approved in Europe and other territories for the rapid conversion of recent onset atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm in adults, and AGGRASTAT® (tirofiban HCl) a reversible GP IIb/IIIa inhibitor indicated for use in patients with acute coronary syndrome. Cardiome also commercializes ESMOCARD® and ESMOCARD LYO® (esmolol hydrochloride), a short-acting beta-blocker used to control rapid heart rate in a number of cardiovascular indications, on behalf of their partner AOP Orphan Pharma in select European markets. Cardiome has also licensed TREVYENT®, a development stage drug device combination that is under development for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, for Europe, the Middle East and for Canadian markets.

Cardiome is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market (CRME) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (COM). For more information, please visit our web site at

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SOURCE Cardiome Pharma Corp.

For further information: David Dean, Cardiome Investor Relations, (604) 677-6905 ext 311 or Toll Free: 1-800-330-9928, Email:


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