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Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (SLXP) Announces XIFAXAN Co-Promotion; ALTANA Pharma US (AAA) To Focus On Primary Care Physicians


10/19/2005 5:12:54 PM

RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 3, 2005--Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLXP) today announced that the Company has entered into a co-promotion agreement with ALTANA Pharma US, Inc. to promote XIFAXAN(TM) (rifaximin) tablets 200 mg. Under the terms of the agreement, ALTANA Pharma US will utilize one of its sales forces with approximately 250 representatives to promote XIFAXAN to the primary care physician market, which includes family practice, general practice and certain internal medicine physicians. This ALTANA sales force currently promotes Protonix(R) (pantoprazole) for the treatment of erosive gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) as part of a co-promotion agreement with Wyeth. Protonix is the most successful product of the ALTANA Pharma group with worldwide market sales of more than $3 billion in 2004. XIFAXAN is a nonsystemic, gastrointestinal-selective, oral antibiotic for the treatment of travelers' diarrhea caused by noninvasive strains of E. coli in patients 12 years of age and older.

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