ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOR) today announced preliminary operating metrics for its third quarter ending September 30, 2011. The Company announced the estimated metrics in conjunction with the Jeffries Global Healthcare Conference in London, where Don M. Bailey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Questcor, presented on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. BT, 3:00 a.m. ET. To listen to the audio web cast of the presentation, please visit www.questcor.com. The replay will be available for 90 days after the event.
For the quarter ending September 30, 2011, the Company provided the following preliminary estimated operating metrics:
During the third quarter, the Company has not repurchased any of its common stock. Prior repurchases have used over $78 million since this effort began in 2008. As of September 26, 2011, Questcor had 62.7 million shares of common stock outstanding, with 4.3 million shares remaining under its common stock repurchase program.
As of September 26, 2011, Questcor's cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $174 million.
Questcor currently expects to release its financial results for the third quarter on October 25, 2011.
"Increases in new, paid MS prescriptions are the result of increased productivity from our Specialty Sales Force which consists of 77 Acthar sales representatives," said Don M. Bailey, President and CEO of Questcor Pharmaceuticals. "In addition, despite disruption in our nephrology selling effort as we expanded the Nephrology Sales Force from 5 to 28 sales representatives, new, paid NS prescriptions have increased from the second quarter of 2011. The new Nephrology Sales Force has been hired and training will be completed this week. Some of the new nephrology sales representatives and the Specialty Sales Force contributed to the increased script count in the quarter."
The Company's quarterly vial shipments continue to be subject to significant variation due to the size and timing of individual orders from its distributor, and the timing of these orders can significantly affect net sales and net income in any particular quarter. For this reason, as well as other factors causing quarter-to-quarter variability in Questcor's operating results, the Company believes that investors should consider the Company's results over several quarters when analyzing the Company's financial performance. All of the financial and prescription information above is based on preliminary estimates and analysis and are subject to change as the Company continues to close the quarter and conduct its normal financial reviews.
Prescription Information for MS, IS and NS
Because Acthar prescriptions are filled at specialty pharmacies, the Company does not receive complete information regarding either the number of prescriptions or the number of vials by therapeutic area for all of the patients being treated with Acthar. However, Questcor is able to monitor therapeutic use for new Acthar prescriptions based on data it receives from its reimbursement support center. Questcor estimates that over 90% of new Acthar prescriptions are processed by this support center.
Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company whose primary product helps patients with serious, difficult-to-treat medical conditions. Questcor's primary product is H.P. Acthar® Gel (repository corticotropin injection), an injectable drug that is approved by the FDA for the treatment of 19 indications. Of these 19 indications, Questcor currently generates substantially all of its net sales from three indications: the treatment of acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis in adults, the treatment of nephrotic syndrome, and the treatment of infantile spasms in children under two years of age. With respect to nephrotic syndrome, the FDA has approved Acthar to "induce a diuresis or a remission of proteinuria in the nephrotic syndrome without uremia of the idiopathic type or that due to lupus erythematosus." Questcor is also exploring the use of Acthar to treat systemic lupus erythematosus, for which Acthar is approved as both a maintenance therapy and to treat exacerbations. Questcor is also exploring the possibility of developing markets for other on-label indications and the possibility of pursuing FDA approval of additional indications not currently on the Acthar label where there is high unmet medical need. For more information, please visit www.questcor.com.
Note: Except for the historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that have been made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to future events or our future financial performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "believes," "continue," "could," "estimates," "expects," "growth," "may," "plans," "potential," "should," "substantial" or "will" or the negative of such terms and other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions. Actual events or results may differ materially. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the following:
The risk factors and other information contained in these documents should be considered in evaluating Questcor's prospects and future financial performance.
Questcor undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements, which may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.
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