TORONTO, May 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BioSyent Inc. (“BioSyent”, “the Company”, TSX Venture: RX) announces that Health Canada has approved Tibella® (tibolone), indicated for the short-term treatment of vasomotor symptoms due to estrogen deficiency in postmenopausal women, more than one year after menopause. BioSyent Pharma Inc., a subsidiary of the Company, has exclusive distribution rights in Canada for this drug.
“We are pleased to have received an approval from Health Canada for Tibella®,” said René Goehrum, President and CEO of BioSyent. “This product complements and enhances the existing portfolio of women’s health products in our Community and Women’s Health Business and we are looking forward to launching a proven product for a large and growing patient population.”
Dr. Robert Reid MD, Gynaecologist and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Queen’s University, commented, “Available hormonal treatment options for menopausal vasomotor symptoms while generally effective are often accompanied by side effects related to combination therapies that add a progestational agent to estrogen therapy as a protection against endometrial neoplasia. As a result, many women discontinue therapy and seek help from complementary and alternative medicines that are mostly unregulated, unproven and lacking safety information.” Dr. Reid continued, “Tibolone has unique properties that allow it to be used alone without the need for progestin co-therapy. It has been in use in Europe for treatment of menopausal symptoms for many years and has a proven efficacy, tolerability and safety profile.”
Tibolone, sold under brand names such as Livial®(1) and Tibelia®(2) among others, has been approved and marketed in Europe for over 30 years, and is also approved and marketed in other countries around the world. In Canada, Tibella® belongs in a sub-segment of the women’s health market valued at approximately CAD $200 million (source: IQVIA market data for the 12 months ending December 2018).
Tibella® is a prescription hormone replacement therapy (“HRT”) consisting of tibolone. Tibella® is different from other HRTs, as it does not contain actual hormones. Instead, the body breaks down tibolone to make three substances that act like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. These substances act on different tissues in the body to help treat symptoms of menopause. Tibella® substitutes for the loss of estrogen production in postmenopausal women and alleviates menopausal symptoms.
About BioSyent Inc.
Listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol “RX”, BioSyent is a profitable growth-oriented specialty pharmaceutical company focused on in-licensing or acquiring innovative pharmaceutical and other healthcare products that have been successfully developed, are safe and effective, and have a proven track record of improving the lives of patients. BioSyent supports the healthcare professionals that treat these patients by marketing its products through its community, hospital and international business units.
As of the date of this press release, the Company has 14,098,515 common shares issued and outstanding.
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Mr. René C. Goehrum
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1. Livial® is a trademark of Merck Sharp & Dohme
2. Tibelia® is a trademark of Mithra Pharmaceuticals S.A.
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