MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CPHR; TSX:CPH) ("Cipher" or "the Company") today announced that its New Drug Submission for Ozenoxacin has been accepted for review by Health Canada. Ozenoxacin is a topical treatment proposed for use in adult and paediatric patients with impetigo, a highly contagious bacterial skin infection. Cipher acquired the Canadian commercialization rights to Ozenoxacin from Ferrer International SA ("Ferrer"), a privately-held Spanish pharmaceutical company, in January 2015.
"This represents another important milestone on our path to commercialization of this alternative treatment for one of the most common bacterial skin infections in children – a condition that has become more challenging with the emergence of treatment-resistant bacterial pathogens," said Joan Chypyha, GM of Cipher Canada. "As we continue to expand our Canadian product portfolio, we believe Ozenoxacin has high potential in the topical impetigo market, should it receive approval."
Ozenoxacin belongs to a new generation of non-fluorinated quinolones that have demonstrated improved tolerability and safety over fluorinated quinolones. Phototoxicity, photoallergenic sensitization and articular toxicity were not observed in local tolerability studies1. Ozenoxacin also demonstrated in vitro and in vivo antibacterial activity against a broad range of pathologically relevant bacteria, including methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains and clinical isolates of organisms with emerging resistance to quinolones and other topical antibiotics.
In July 2015, Ferrer successfully completed the second phase III clinical trial for Ozenoxacin. The study, which involved Ozenoxacin formulated as a topical treatment for impetigo in adults and peadiatric patients aged 2 months and older, demonstrated the superiority of Ozenoxacin 1% cream, applied twice daily for 5 days, versus placebo on both the clinical and bacteriological endpoints by end of therapy visit (day 6-7). In addition, Ozenoxacin 1% cream demonstrated superior bacteriological cure compared to placebo as early as visit 2 (day 3-4). Ozenoxacin 1% cream was shown to be safe and very well tolerated in the adult and paediatric population.
Founded in 1959, Ferrer is a privately-held Spanish pharmaceutical company. It is present in more than 90 countries, with 23 international affiliates. Ferrer is active in the pharmaceutical, health, fine chemicals and food sectors; key areas for contributing to people's health and quality of life. The main therapeutic areas covered by Ferrer's pharmaceutical production are dermatology, cardiovascular, CNS, cancer, gastrointestinal, analgesics, bone metabolism, anti-infectives, immunology, diagnostics, OTC and dermocosmetics. www.ferrer.com
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 www.cipherpharma.com.
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1 S.Itoh, S. Nakayama, H. Shimada, In vitro photochemical clastogenicity of quinolone antibacterial agents studied by a chromosomal aberration test with light irradiation, Mutation Research 517 (2002) 113-121.
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