In 2010, the Company focused its sales and marketing efforts primarily on securing formulary approval nationally for Caldolor. Early in the second quarter of 2011, Cumberland implemented a strategic shift to begin focusing on pull-through activities necessary to build volume of use and bring Caldolor to a larger population of patients in facilities stocking the product.
During the third quarter of 2011, Cumberland also continued to progress four clinical studies to further evaluate Caldolor in patients. Two of these trials are designed to support pediatric use, including a pediatric fever study to evaluate safety, efficacy and pharmacokinetics of Caldolor in hospitalized children as well as a pediatric pain study. Two new registry studies will gather additional data in adults, including a study evaluating Caldolor in treating pain and fever in a wide range of hospitalized patients and another evaluating the product for management of pain in surgical patients.
In early 2011, Cumberland entered into an agreement to acquire the rights to ifetroban, a new Phase II product candidate. The Company has initiated clinical development under the brand name Hepatoren™ (ifetroban) Injection and is evaluating the product for the treatment of critically ill hospitalized patients suffering from hepatorenal syndrome, or HRS, a life-threatening condition involving progressive kidney failure for which there is no U.S. approved pharmaceutical treatment.
Ifetroban was initially developed extensively by a large pharmaceutical company for certain cardiovascular indications. The development program was eventually donated to Vanderbilt University, where researchers identified ifetroban as a potentially valuable compound in treating patients for several other niche indications. Cumberland acquired the rights to the ifetroban program from Vanderbilt through Cumberland Emerging Technol
|SOURCE Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc.|
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