MONTREAL, CANADA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/17/12 -- Paladin Labs Inc. (TSX: PLB) a leading Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced that Health Canada has approved Silenor® (doxepin hydrochloride) for the treatment and symptomatic relief of insomnia characterized by frequent nocturnal awakening and/or early morning awakenings. Silenor is a non-controlled medication which does not produce tolerance or physical dependence.(1) Paladin expects to launch Silenor in the middle of 2013.
There are approximately 3.3 million Canadians suffering from insomnia, with 29% having taken sleep medication at least once in the previous 12 months.(2) The Canadian market for prescriptions sleep medications exceeded $89 million over the 12 months ending October 2012.(3) In Canada, the prescription sleep medication market largely consists of zopiclone, a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic, first approved for sale in Canada in 1990.
"We are pleased that Health Canada has granted regulatory approval for Silenor," said Mark Beaudet, interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Paladin Labs Inc. "Canadians who suffer from insomnia have a new effective treatment option that is not associated with a risk of abuse or physical dependence."
Paladin received rights to commercialize Silenor in Canada, South America and Africa from Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOMX) in June 2011.
About Paladin Labs Inc.
Paladin Labs Inc., headquartered in Montreal, Canada, is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring or in-licensing innovative pharmaceutical products for the Canadian and select international markets. With this strategy, a focused Canadian national sales team and proven marketing expertise, Paladin has evolved into one of Canada's leading specialty pharmaceutical companies. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at www.paladinlabs.com.
(1) Silenor Product Monograph, December 2012
(2) 2002, the Canadian Community Health Survey; Statistics Canada, Catalogue 82-003; Health Reports, Vol. 17, No. 1, November 2005 pp 10-11
(3) IMS Health - moving annual total for the 12 months ended October 31, 2012
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