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Cardiome Announces Commercial Launch of BRINAVESS® in Canada

By June 29, 2017No Comments

Cardiome Pharma Corp. today announced that it received authorization from Health Canada to begin selling BRINAVESS® (vernakalant hydrochloride, IV) and has subsequently launched BRINAVESS® in Canada. BRINAVESS® is indicated for the rapid conversion of recent onset atrial fibrillation (“AF”) to sinus rhythm for: non-surgery patients with AF < 7 days; and post-cardiac surgery patients with duration of AF < 3 days. BRINAVESS® is not recommended for conversion of atrial flutter to sinus rhythm. The product is currently available on the Ontario formulary, with a broader launch anticipated in the third quarter of this year as more provinces are expected to include BRINAVESS® in the provincial formularies.

“The launch of BRINAVESS® in Canada marks the entry of this important treatment into one of the last remaining major markets in the world where BRINAVESS® was previously not available for patients,” said Hugues Sachot, Cardiome’s Chief Commercial Officer. “Our commercial team has worked diligently with our hospital customers in anticipation of first commercial sale, and we are ready for sales to commence ahead of our previously guided fourth quarter timeline.”

“This is exciting progress for Cardiome as we continue to build a pharmaceutical company focused on bringing acute care medicines to physicians and patients in hospitals around the world,” said William Hunter, M.D., CEO and President of Cardiome. “This milestone is particularly gratifying as BRINAVESS® was discovered by Canadian researchers and will now reach hospitals in Canada in order to help patients suffering from acute onset atrial fibrillation.”

AF affects approximately 350,000 patients in Canada.1

BRINAVESS® (vernakalant HCl, IV) is an antiarrhythmic drug that acts preferentially in the atria by prolonging atrial refractoriness and slowing impulse conduction in a rate-dependent fashion. BRINAVESS® is approved for marketing in Europe, Canada and several other countries worldwide. In Europe, it is approved for the rapid conversion of recent onset atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm in adults: 1) for non-surgery patients: atrial fibrillation < 7 days duration; and 2) for post-cardiac surgery patients: atrial fibrillation < 3 days duration. Vernakalant IV is not approved for use in the United States.

About Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a supraventricular tachyarrhythmia with uncoordinated atrial activation resulting in ineffective atrial contraction and if left untreated, structural and/or electrophysiological atrial tissue abnormalities.2 AF is a common cardiac rhythm disturbance that increases in prevalence with advancing age.2 According to the American Heart Association, estimates of the prevalence of AF in the U.S. ranged from 2.7 million to 6.1 million in 2010, and is expected to rise to between 5.6 million to 12 million in 2030.3 There are two strategies to manage AF, namely, rhythm- or rate-control. A rhythm-control strategy may be used in patients who are severely compromised, remain symptomatic despite adequate rate control, when adequate rate control is difficult to achieve, when long term rhythm control therapy is preferred, younger patient age, presence of tachycardia-mediated cardiomyopathy, and first episode of AF.2, 4Early intervention with a rhythm-control strategy to prevent progression of AF may be beneficial to the AF patient.2

About Cardiome Pharma Corp.
Cardiome Pharma Corp. is a specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of innovative therapies that will improve the quality of life and health of patients suffering from disease. Cardiome has two marketed, in-hospital, cardiology products, BRINAVESS® (vernakalant IV), approved in Europe, Canada, 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 Amomed in select European markets. Cardiome has also licensed: XYDALBA™ (dalbavancin hydrochloride), a second generation, semi-synthetic lipoglycopeptide approved in the EU for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) in adults for select European and Middle Eastern nations and Canada from Allergan; and TREVYENT®, a development stage drug device combination that is under development for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension for Europe, the Middle East and for Canadian markets from SteadyMed Therapeutics.

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