STAMFORD, Conn. and PT. RICHMOND, Calif., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Purdue Pharmaceutical Products L.P. and Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSPT) today announced entry into an exclusive license and collaboration agreement to commercialize Intermezzo((R)) (zolpidem tartrate sublingual tablet) in the United States. If approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Intermezzo((R)) has the potential to be the first prescription sleep aid specifically approved for use in the middle of the night at the time a patient awakens and has difficulty returning to sleep. The FDA has established October 30, 2009 as the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) action date for the Intermezzo((R)) New Drug Application (NDA).
In the agreement announced today, Transcept has granted Purdue and a Purdue associated company an exclusive license to market, sell and distribute Intermezzo((R) )in the United States and the right to negotiate for the commercialization of the product in Canada and Mexico. Transcept has retained an option to co-promote Intermezzo((R) )to psychiatrists in the United States and has retained rights to commercialize Intermezzo((R)) in the rest of the world.
Under the terms of the agreement, Purdue will pay Transcept near-term milestones that include an upfront cash payment of $25 million and an additional payment of up to $30 million based upon the timing of an FDA approval of Intermezzo((R)), which approval and payment are subject to review and acceptance by Purdue. Transcept is eligible to receive up to an additional $90 million upon reaching future milestones related to achievement of intellectual property and U.S. net sales targets.
Purdue will pay double-digit royalties to Transce
|SOURCE Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Purdue Pharmaceutical Products L.P.|
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