Healthcare Industry News: Head and Neck Cancer
News Release - October 12, 2006
Endo Pharmaceuticals Acquires RxKinetix, Inc.Acquisition Broadens Pipeline With Supportive Care Oncology Products
CHADDS FORD, Pa., Oct. 12 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: ENDP ) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., has acquired all of the outstanding stock of RxKinetix, Inc., a privately held company headquartered in Boulder, Colo., that develops new formulations of approved products for oral mucositis and other supportive care oncology conditions. The company and its 21 employees will now operate as part of a newly created wholly owned subsidiary of Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.
The transaction includes an up-front payment of up to $20 million, with the potential for up to an additional $95 million in earn-out payments based on clinical development and regulatory milestones. The acquisition is expected to be dilutive to Endo's 2006 adjusted earnings by approximately $0.02 per adjusted diluted share based on incremental research and development expense. This excludes transaction-related expenses and the one-time charge for the write-off of acquired in-process R&D expense of approximately $26 million, subject to final purchase price allocation, to be taken in the fourth quarter of 2006.
RxKinetix's lead product is RK-0202, a topical oral-rinse with the active ingredient formulated in its proprietary ProGelz® drug delivery platform. RK-0202 is in clinical Phase II for the prevention of oral mucositis (OM), painful mouth sores that often occur in cancer patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapeutic treatment. RxKinetix also has other products in early- stage development based on the ProGelz technology.
"The acquisition of RxKinetix is consistent with our strategic goal of expanding into therapeutic areas that are complementary to pain," said Peter A. Lankau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Endo. "Endo has expanded its commercial presence among oncologists with the recent launch of Opana® ER and Opana® tablets, and Rapinyl(TM), our quick-dissolving fentanyl tablet in development for breakthrough cancer pain, is currently in Phase III trials. A product such asRK-0202, if approved, would be a natural extension of this franchise, and we look forward to working with our new colleagues in the development of this and other cancer-related palliative care treatments in the RxKinetix pipeline. We intend to continue to seek similar specialist-focused opportunities in supportive care oncology and other complementary therapeutic areas."
Lankau added that Endo plans to conduct additional Phase II trials of RK- 0202 to continue to characterize the clinical profile of the product in the intended patient population -- Head and Neck Cancer patients undergoing combination treatment of radiation and chemotherapy.
About Oral Mucositis
During the course of high-dose cancer therapy and bone marrow transplantation, patients often develop painful and debilitating oral inflammation, or mucositis, in the mouth. The resulting weight loss, dehydration and, in some cases, infection often lead to dose-limitation of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and contribute considerably to cancer and transplant-related morbidity and mortality. Further, these side effects add to related medical costs by prolonging hospital stays, increasing antibiotic, fluid, and analgesic use, and requiring patients to receive parenteral nutritional support. Of the estimated 900,000 chemotherapy-treated patients in the United States, 400,000 may develop the debilitating complications of oral mucositis as a result of their treatments.
Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc. is a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company with market leadership in pain management products. Through its Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. subsidiary, the company researches, develops, produces and markets a broad product offering of both branded and generic pharmaceuticals, meeting the needs of healthcare professionals and consumers alike. More information, including this and past press releases of Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc., is available online at http://www.endo.com.
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