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Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

5/4/2012 10:10:15 AM

SAN DIEGO, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CADX), a biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, in-licensing, developing and commercializing proprietary products principally for use in the hospital setting, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

During the first quarter of 2012, Cadence reported net product revenue of $8.0 million, an increase of $7.6 million as compared to the first quarter of 2011. As compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2011, net product revenue for the first quarter of 2012 increased $2.1 million, or 36%, from $5.9 million.

As of March 31, 2012, approximately 2,700 unique accounts had ordered OFIRMEV® (acetaminophen) injection, an increase of approximately 20% quarter-over-quarter, and an estimated 330,000 to 410,000 patients were treated with OFIRMEV in just the first three months of 2012.

"Demand for OFIRMEV continued to grow at a strong pace in the first quarter, and I am encouraged by the underlying trends. Our customer base has increased and our customers made larger orders of the product as compared to the previous quarter," said Ted Schroeder, President and CEO of Cadence. "Our team is focused on expanding on these positive trends and driving continued adoption and revenue growth of OFIRMEV."

Cadence believes that returns related to the voluntary recall of a single lot of OFIRMEV that was announced in February 2012 have been substantially completed. While some customers experienced a short-term supply delay as a result of the temporary suspension of shipments from the supplier of the recalled lot, the company was able to accelerate the delivery of product from another supplier and quickly resumed normal shipments.

Financial Results

Net product revenue was $8.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, an increase of $7.6 million from the $0.4 million in net product revenue reported for the three months ended March 31, 2011. Cadence defers revenue recognition on shipments to wholesale distributors until the product is sold through to end-user hospitals and as of March 31, 2012, the company had recorded net deferred revenue of $1.6 million, an increase of $1.2 million from the $0.4 million in net deferred revenue reported at March 31, 2011.

For the three months ended March 31, 2012, Cadence reported a net loss of $22.7 million, or $0.27 per share, compared to a net loss of $24.4 million, or $0.39 per share, for the comparable period in 2011. Costs and expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2012 increased $6.0 million to $29.6 million, from $23.6 million reported for the same period in 2011. This increase in costs and expenses for the 2012 period was primarily a result of higher costs of product sales and higher selling, general and administrative expenses incurred during the current period as compared to the same period in 2011. The increase in product sales costs in the first quarter of 2012 was mostly attributable to increased net sales and higher freight and unabsorbed manufacturing costs as compared to the first quarter of 2011. Cadence suspended production by its primary supplier in connection with an ongoing investigation into the cause of unidentified particulate matter observed during routine product stability testing, and it incurred higher freight costs to expedite certain shipments of OFIRMEV in connection with the transition to its secondary supplier. The company also incurred unabsorbed manufacturing costs due to fixed costs that continued be incurred despite the temporary suspension of production by the company's primary supplier. The increase in selling, general and administrative costs was mostly attributable to increased commissions paid to Cadence's hospital sales specialists as a result of increased revenue, combined with increased selling costs incurred by the sales specialists as they implemented a variety of marketing programs during the first quarter of 2012 to inform customers about OFIRMEV.

As of March 31, 2012, Cadence held cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $108.6 million and net accounts receivable of $3.2 million.


As of May 3, 2012, Cadence expects that net product revenue from sales of OFIRMEV for the three months ending June 30, 2012 will range from approximately $10.0 million to $10.4 million.

Conference Call and Webcast on May 3, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time)

Cadence management will host a conference call on May 3, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time) and interested investors may participate in the conference call by dialing (877) 303-9145 (domestic) or (760) 536-5203 (international). To access the webcast, please visit the company's website at and go to the Investors page. A replay of the webcast will be available approximately two hours after the call and remain available on the company's website until the next quarterly financial results call.

About OFIRMEV® (Acetaminophen) Injection

OFIRMEV (acetaminophen) injection (1000 mg / 100 mL, 10 mg / mL; for intravenous use only), Cadence Pharmaceuticals' proprietary intravenous formulation of acetaminophen, is indicated for the management of mild to moderate pain, the management of moderate to severe pain with adjunctive opioid analgesics, and the reduction of fever. The FDA approval of OFIRMEV was based on data from clinical trials in approximately 1,020 adult and 355 pediatric patients. These trials included two studies evaluating the safety and effectiveness of OFIRMEV in the treatment of pain, and one study evaluating OFIRMEV in the treatment of fever. The effectiveness of OFIRMEV for the treatment of acute pain and fever has not been studied in pediatric patients less than 2 years of age.

Important Safety Information

Do not exceed the maximum recommended daily dose of acetaminophen. Administration of acetaminophen by any route in doses higher than recommended may result in hepatic injury, including the risk of severe hepatotoxicity and death. OFIRMEV is contraindicated in patients with severe hepatic impairment, severe active liver disease or with known hypersensitivity to acetaminophen or to any of the excipients in the formulation. Acetaminophen should be used with caution in patients with the following conditions: hepatic impairment or active hepatic disease, alcoholism, chronic malnutrition, severe hypovolemia, or severe renal impairment. OFIRMEV should be administered only as a 15-minute intravenous infusion. Discontinue OFIRMEV immediately if symptoms associated with allergy or hypersensitivity occur. Do not use in patients with acetaminophen allergy. The most common adverse reactions in patients treated with OFIRMEV were nausea, vomiting, headache, and insomnia in adult patients and nausea, vomiting, constipation, pruritus, agitation, and atelectasis in pediatric patients. The antipyretic effects of OFIRMEV may mask fever in patients treated for post-surgical pain.

For more information, please see the complete OFIRMEV Prescribing Information, available at or

About Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Cadence Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, in-licensing, developing and commercializing proprietary products principally for use in the hospital setting. The current version of Cadence Pharmaceuticals' corporate presentation may be viewed on the Investors page of under "Events & Presentations" by selecting "Corporate Overview."

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