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Newly Published Acetadote(R) Data Shows Product Can Provide Substantial Cost-Savings for Healthcare Systems
Date:12/1/2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CPIX) announced today that an independently conducted study of Acetadote (acetylcysteine) Injection, or intravenous N-acetylcysteine, as a cost-saving treatment for acetaminophen poisoning was published in Volume 12, Number 4 of the peer-reviewed Journal of Medical Economics, distributed in December. The study concludes that Acetadote is a less costly treatment regimen than oral N-acetylcysteine in all evaluated scenarios.

The cost differential between the use of oral N-acetylcysteine and Acetadote was shown to range between $881 and $2,259 depending on the time elapsed since ingestion and the decision to manage patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) or the general ward.

"The results of this analysis provide a strong economic argument for treatment of acetaminophen poisoning with Acetadote for substantial cost savings to the healthcare system," said Dr. Albert Marchetti, President and Medical Director of the Medical Education and Research Alliance of America, Adjunct Professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and lead author of the publication. "Using real world data to model best- and worst-case scenarios, Acetadote was shown to be the less costly option in all cases."

A principal difference between oral N-acetylcysteine and Acetadote administration is the time required to complete recommended treatment. Under approved therapeutic protocols, the oral product requires 72 hours to administer compared to 21 hours for Acetadote. Consequently, the use of Acetadote results in shorter hospital stays, which is the primary reason for the substantial cost disparity between the two treatments.

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