Vancouver, Canada, April 25, 2013 -- Cardiome Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ: CRME / TSX: COM) today announced that it has taken on responsibility for worldwide sales, marketing, and promotion of BRINAVESS (vernakalant IV) pursuant to a Transition Agreement signed with Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Under the agreement, worldwide sales and marketing rights will transfer to Cardiome immediately. Pursuant to this agreement, Cardiome will continue to receive relevant royalties on worldwide sales. Cardiome will also receive an undisclosed promotional services fee. Regulatory product rights and product distribution responsibility are expected to transfer to Cardiome on or about July 15, 2013, following which Cardiome will recognize all BRINAVESS revenue and Merck will cease paying royalties or any promotional services fee. Merck will either terminate or transfer Sponsor responsibility for each relevant clinical study to Cardiome by September 15, 2013.
"Executing this transition agreement with Merck and commencing direct worldwide commercial sales activities in support of BRINAVESS, ahead of schedule, is a critical milestone in Cardiome's history," stated William Hunter, M.D., President and CEO of Cardiome. "Outreach activities to physicians and caregivers who rely on BRINAVESS have resumed in select countries, which will enable us to gain valuable insight and experience in treating patients and help ensure a smooth transition of the product."
About Cardiome Pharma Corp.
Cardiome Pharma Corp. is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of new therapies that will improve the health of patients around the world. Cardiome has one marketed product, BRINAVESS (vernakalant IV), approved in Europe and other territories for the rapid conversion of recent onset atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm in adults.
Cardiome is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market (CRME) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (COM). For more information, please visit our web site at www.cardiome.com.
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