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Aton Pharma Launches Expanded Distribution and Marketing for Preservative-Free TIMOPTIC(R) in OCUDOSE(R)
Date:8/19/2009

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Aton Pharma, Inc., a diversified specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced it has launched new education, distribution, sampling and reimbursement programs for TIMOPTIC(R) in OCUDOSE(R), the only preservative-free medication for glaucoma available in the United States. Aton acquired the U.S. marketing rights in February to the TIMOPTIC product line from Merck & Co., Inc. TIMOPTIC (timolol maleate) is a non-selective beta-adrenergic receptor blocking agent indicated for the treatment of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with ocular hypertension or open-angle glaucoma. As many as 2.25 million Americans suffer from open-angle glaucoma.

Aton will support TIMOPTIC in OCUDOSE with ophthalmic journal advertising, a couponing program, direct mail promotion and a patient information website (www.ocudose.com). Aton's sales force, which has been detailing LACRISERT since November 2008, will re-introduce TIMOPTIC in OCUDOSE to eye care professionals.

"As we have done with LACRISERT and other Aton products, we will concentrate on enhancing distribution, sampling and reimbursement assistance while increasing patient and provider awareness," stated Michael G. Wells, Chief Executive Officer of Aton Pharma. "With TIMOPTIC in OCUDOSE, we are able serve yet another niche market that is greatly underserved - glaucoma patients who will benefit from preservative-free medications."

"A preservative-free beta blocker is a consideration for many glaucoma patients, who must use medication frequently and for long periods of time," explained William Trattler, M.D., Director of Cornea at the Center of Excellence in Eyecare in Miami. "This is a particular concern for those who already have dry eye or are at increased
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