MONTREAL, CANADA--(Marketwire - Mar 5, 2013) - Paladin Labs Inc. (PLB.TO), a leading Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company, announced today the launch of VagiSense™, Canada''s only over-the-counter vaginal infection screening test for the detection of bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis.
VagiSense™ is an easy-to-use and reliable self diagnostic test that will help women differentiate between a possible vaginal yeast infection and a bacterial/parasitic infection in 10 seconds. There are approximately 2.2 million over-the-counter vaginal yeast infection treatments sold annually in Canada(1). Studies demonstrate that 66%(2) of women incorrectly self-diagnose vaginal yeast infections. Bacterial vaginosis is, in fact, the most common cause of vaginal symptoms and must be treated with prescription medication(3).
It is estimated that over 29% of women aged 14-49 have bacterial vaginosis at any given time(4). VagiSense™ will help guide women to the appropriate treatment and to faster relief of symptoms.
"We are very pleased to announce the launch of VagiSense™, an innovative and unique product in Canada," said Mark Beaudet, interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Paladin Labs Inc. "Proper diagnosis is the first step to quick relief and we believe VagiSense™ will play an important role in guiding and reassuring Canadian women in their diagnosis of vaginitis."
Paladin obtained the exclusive rights to market and sell VagiSense™ (VS-SENSE OTC) in Canada, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa from Common Sense Limited in August 2011.
VagiSense™ is a non-prescription home screening test that reacts to vaginal pH and buffer capacity to detect vaginal bacterial and parasitic infections. It is intended for women of menstruating age who have any of the following symptoms: vaginal itching or burning, abnormal vaginal discharge colour or odour, or excessive discharge.
About Paladin Labs Inc.
Paladin Labs Inc., headquartered in Montreal, Canada, is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring or in-licensing innovative pharmaceutical products for the Canadian and world markets. With this strategy, a focused national sales team and proven marketing expertise, Paladin has evolved into one of Canada''s leading specialty pharmaceutical companies. Paladin''s shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol PLB. For more information, please visit the Company''s web site at www.paladinlabs.com.
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(1) IMS Health Canada, CDH Data (Canadian Drug Store and Hospital Purchases Audit), 2012.
(2) Ferris DG et al. Over-the-counter antifungal drug misuse associated with patient-diagnosed vulvovaginal candidiasis. Obstet Gynecol 2002;99:419-25.
(3) Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections, Public Health Agency of Canada, Revised version of the Canadian STI Guidelines, 2006 edition.
(4) Koumans EH, Sternberg M, Bruce C, McQuillan G, Kendrick J, Sutton M, Markowitz LE. The prevalence of bacterial vaginosis in the United States, 2001-2004; associations with symptoms, sexual behaviors, and reproductive health. Sex Transm Dis. 2007 Nov;34(11):864-9.