Sciele Signs Exclusive Agreement with Novo Nordisk to Market Prandin and PrandiMet
Prandin(R) is an oral blood glucose-lowering drug of the meglitinide class used in the management of Type 2 diabetes mellitus. PrandiMet(R) is a combination tablet of repaglinide and metformin.
"This partnership in the U.S. will enable us to increase the oral treatment options for people with Type 2 diabetes to help them gain good glycemic control," said Martin Soeters, president of Novo Nordisk Inc. "It will also allow Novo Nordisk to concentrate on bringing our complete portfolio of three insulin analogs to health care providers, which provides the most viable opportunity to both help improve patient outcomes and realize our business aspirations, in the name of Changing Diabetes(R)."
Patrick Fourteau, president and CEO of Sciele Pharma, Inc., added, "We are pleased to initiate this partnership with Novo Nordisk, a company that is widely recognized as a global leader in diabetes care. Prandin(R) and potentially PrandiMet(R) (upon FDA approval) fit well within our Diabetes product portfolio and will be an excellent complement to Fortamet(R). Promoted by our Primary Care sales force, Prandin and PrandiMet will strengthen our presence in the diabetes treatment market."
While specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed, Sciele Pharma may receive revenue based on certain dollar baseline targets being met. The Company expects this agreement to be immediately accretive, and as a result, is increasing its full-year 2008 revenue guidance to $440 million to $455 million, up approximately $10 million over previously announced guidance. The Company also expects full-year 2008 earnings per share to increase to $1.97 to $2.07 per share, up approximately $0.10 from its previously announced guidance. This guidance does not include any unapproved products except the new Sular formulation, or any potential one-time charges related to the new Sular conversion.
About Sciele Pharma, Inc.
Sciele Pharma, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company specializing in sales, marketing and development of branded prescription products focused on Cardiovascular/Diabetes, Women's Heath and Pediatrics. The Company's Cardiovascular/Diabetes products treat patients with high cholesterol, hypertension, high triglycerides, unstable angina and Type 2 diabetes; its Women's Health products are designed to improve the health and well-being of women and mothers and their babies; and its Pediatric products treat allergies, asthma, coughs and colds, and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Atlanta, Sciele Pharma employs more than 900 people. The Company's success is based upon placing the needs of patients first, improving health and quality of life, and implementing its business platform-an Entrepreneurial Spirit, Innovation, Speed of Execution, Simplicity and Teamwork.
About Novo Nordisk Inc.
Novo Nordisk is a healthcare company with an 84-year history of innovation and achievement in diabetes care. The company has the broadest diabetes product portfolio in the industry, including the most advanced products within the area of insulin delivery systems. In addition to diabetes care, Novo Nordisk has a leading position within areas such as hemostasis management, growth hormone therapy, and hormone therapy for women. Novo Nordisk's business is driven by the Triple Bottom Line: a commitment to economic success, environmental soundness, and social responsibility to employees and customers. With headquarters in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs more than 23,600 employees in 79 countries, and markets its products in 179 countries. Novo Nordisk's B shares are listed on the stock exchanges in Copenhagen and London. Its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol 'NVO'. For global information, visit www.novonordisk.com; for United States information, visit www.novonordisk-us.com.
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Sciele Pharma, Inc.
Joseph T. Schepers, 678-341-1401
Director of Investor Relations
Posted: November 2007