Healthcare Industry News: King Pharmaceuticals
News Release - October 11, 2007
Depomed Announces Retirement of Chief Financial Officer John F. HamiltonMENLO PARK, Calif.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Depomed, Inc. (NASDAQ: DEPO ) today announced that John F. Hamilton (63) will retire from his position as vice president, finance and chief financial officer, effective October 12, 2007. Mr. Hamilton will continue to serve Depomed as a consultant to ensure an orderly transition to a successor.
Carl A. Pelzel, Depomed's president and chief executive officer, commented, "I want to thank John for the contributions he has made to Depomed during his nearly 11 years of service. In particular, I appreciate his continued assistance as we identify a successor. Looking forward, as we continue to build our revenues and grow our specialty pharmaceutical business, we have begun to actively recruit chief financial officer candidates with broad commercial experience."
Mr. Hamilton added, "It has been a great experience to help build Depomed from its 1997 initial public offering to where it is today, a commercial company with products on the market. I look forward to continuing to support the company as an advisor and as a shareholder."
The company also announced that its Board of Directors has designated the company's controller, Tammy L. Cameron, CPA, as the company's principal accounting and financial officer on an interim basis. Ms. Cameron joined the company earlier this year, and brings to Depomed nearly 20 years of accounting and commercial financial expertise, most recently as Adeza Biomedical Corporation's controller.
Depomed, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company with two approved products on the market and other product candidates in its pipeline. The company utilizes its proven, proprietary AcuForm(TM) drug delivery technology to improve existing oral medications, allowing for extended, controlled release of medications to the upper gastrointestinal tract. Benefits of AcuForm-enhanced pharmaceuticals include the convenience of once-daily administration, improved treatment tolerability and enhanced compliance and efficacy. GLUMETZA(TM) (metformin hydrochloride extended release tablets) is approved for use in adults with type 2 diabetes and is being marketed in the United States by King Pharmaceuticals and in Canada by Biovail Corporation. Proquin® XR (ciprofloxacin hydrochloride) extended release tablets are approved in the United States for the once-daily treatment of uncomplicated urinary tract infections and will be marketed in the United States within the urology and ob/gyn specialties by Watson Pharmaceuticals. Product candidate Gabapentin GR is currently in clinical development for the treatment of two pain indications. A Phase 2 clinical trial of Gabapentin GR in menopausal hot flashes is also underway. Additional information about Depomed may be found on its web site, www.depomedinc.com.
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