LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Auriga Laboratories, Inc. (OTCBB:ARGA - News), a specialty pharmaceutical company with products for the treatment of acute respiratory diseases, dermatological conditions, and xerostomia, announced today that it has formed Advanced Topical Solutions (A.T.S. Pharmaceuticals), a new division with a 46 person national sales team, dedicated primarily to Dermatologists with a secondary focus on Gastroenterologists and Colon-Rectal Specialists. The national sales force is expected to be launched later this week.
Within the Dermatology sector, the initial product focus will be dermatologists who prescribe AKURZA(TM) Cream & Lotion (salicylic acid 6%). Dermatologists account for 85% of the total salicylic acid 6% cream/lotion prescriptions. AKURZA(TM) is a topical aid in the removal of excessive keratin in hyperkeratotic skin disorders including verrucae, and the various ichthyoses (vulgaris, sex-linked and lamellar), keratosis palmaris and plantaris keratosis pilaris, pityriasis rubra pilaris, and psoriasis (including body, scalp, palms and soles). 6% salicylic acid lotion/cream represents a $28 million US based market(1).
The Company expects to add two additional products next month, with other products to follow later this year and in 2008. The U.S. Dermatology market exceeds $4.2 billion in sales(1) with more than 44 million prescriptions written on an annual basis(1).
"We believe our entry into the dermatological and gastroenterology markets further diversifies our revenue base and allows us to expand into a highly attractive market," said Philip S. Pesin, CEO of Auriga. "With more than $4.2 billion in annual sales, we think we will be able to replicate our successful sales model in this promising area. In addition, since the dermatology market is not seasonal, our entry into this market will allow us to offset some of the seasonality from our other businesses."
About Akurza(TM) Cream/Lotion
AKURZA(TM) is contraindicated in any patient known to be sensitive to salicylic acid or any of the ingredients listed on the product label. AKURZA(TM) should not be used in children under two years of age. Excessive erythema and scaling conceivably could result from use on open skin lesions.
About Auriga Laboratories(TM)
Auriga Laboratories is a specialty pharmaceutical company building an industry changing commission based-sales model. The company's high-growth business model combines driving revenues through a variable cost commission-based sales structure, acquisition of proven brand names, introduction of new brands, and a strategic development pipeline, all of which is designed to enhance its growing direct relationships with physicians nationwide. Auriga's exclusive prescription and over-the-counter product portfolio includes Aquoral(TM) for the treatment of Xerostomia, Akurza(TM) and Xyralid(TM) dermatology products, and the Zinx(TM), Extendryl®, and Levall® families of products for relief of symptoms associated with a range of acute respiratory diseases. For more information, visit: www.aurigalabs.com.
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(1) Wolters Kluwer Health Inc. TRx MAT for the period ending 4/07
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