Cipher Pharmaceuticals completes distribution and supply agreement for isotretinoin product in Chile

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MISSISSAUGA, ON , June 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. (DND.TO) today announced it has entered into a definitive distribution and supply agreement with Laboratorios Andrómaco S.A. ("Andrómaco") under which Cipher has granted Andrómaco the exclusive right to market, sell and distribute Cipher's isotretinoin capsules in  Chile .

With over 70 years of experience, Andrómaco is a leader in the production and marketing of pharmaceutical products in Chile and certain other Latin American countries. Once regulatory approval is granted, it is expected that Cipher's product will be marketed under the brand name Lisacne-CIP, replacing Andrómaco's current isotretinoin product, Lisacne. The branded dermatology products currently marketed by Andrómaco in Chile include Fucidin® and Daivonex®. Andrómaco is majority owned by Grünenthal GmbH, Germany .

"Extending the reach of our isotretinoin product is one of our growth priorities, and we believe Andrómaco is an excellent partner to bring this product to market in Chile ," Larry Andrews , President and Chief Executive Officer of Cipher Pharmaceuticals.

Cipher's isotretinoin product is a patent-protected formulation of isotretinoin, which is used in the treatment of severe recalcitrant nodular acne. Isotretinoin is the most effective severe acne therapy available to teenagers who suffer from acne. The product is marketed in the United States as Absorica and in Canada as Epuris®.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cipher will supply product to Andrómaco. Product manufacturing will be fulfilled by Cipher's partner, Galephar Pharmaceutical Research.

About Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Cipher Pharmaceuticals (DND.TO) is a growing specialty pharmaceutical company with three commercial products and a fourth in development. Our product candidates are typically improved formulations of successful, currently marketed drugs. We in-license a product, manage the required clinical development and regulatory approval process, and either out-license it to a marketing partner, or, in  Canada , we may market the product ourselves. Our core capabilities are in clinical and regulatory affairs, product licensing, supply chain management, and marketing and sales. Since the Company was founded in 2000, we have achieved final regulatory approval in the U.S. and  Canada  for all three of our original products and completed seven marketing partnerships, generating growing licensing revenue.

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Investor Relations
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Norm Evans
Chief Financial Officer
Cipher Pharmaceuticals
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nevans@cipherpharma.com

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