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November 05, 2015 09:00 ET

Cipher Pharmaceuticals' Shawn Patrick O'Brien Interviewed by The Life Sciences Report

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - November 05, 2015) - Skin disorders encompass a broad class of medical indications, from psoriasis to melanoma. Many companies focus on developing treatments for specific dermatological indications, but few have been able to build product portfolios with the range of therapeutic and consumer products currently marketed by Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CPHR) (TSX: CPH). In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Shawn Patrick O'Brien, president and CEO of Cipher, describes his company's ongoing efforts to address unmet needs in dermatology.

The Life Sciences Report: Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. is focused on treatments for dermatological indications. What are the biggest unmet markets in this area?

Shawn Patrick O'Brien: Two of the largest markets are pruritus and dermatitis. They're very common skin disorders, and lack effective treatments that don't have the adverse effects of thinning and reddening of the skin, which is common with steroid therapeutics. Due to the variety in levels and severity, psoriasis is another market with a high unmet need, despite advances in biologics. Finally, with more than 80 million (80M) sufferers, acne represents a huge market. With isotretinoin being the only therapeutic demonstrated to cure acne, our formulation, Absorica, addresses this need.

TLSR: Cipher has several marketed dermatology products. Which ones are the biggest revenue generators?

SO: Our biggest revenue generator is Absorica, a reformulation of isotretinoin (Accutane). Original formulations of this drug require administration with a high fat/lipid diet. Absorica is formulated to…

Continue reading this interview: How Cipher Pharmaceuticals is Developing Products for Dermatological Disorders

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Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a sponsor of Streetwise Reports. Mr. O'Brien had final approval of the content and is wholly responsible for the validity of the statements. Opinions expressed are the opinions of Mr. O'Brien and not of The Life Sciences Report or its officers. The interview does not constitute investment advice. Each reader is encouraged to consult with his or her individual financial professional and any action a reader takes as a result of information presented here is his or her own responsibility.

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