Cangene Corporation Opts to Exit European Market with WinRho(R) SDF

Published: Jul 31, 2009

TORONTO and WINNIPEG, July 30 /CNW/ - Cangene Corporation today announces that it has withdrawn its Marketing Authorization Applications ("MAA") with respect to WinRho(R) SDF (Rho (D) Immune Globulin (Human) for Injection) that were underway in 16 European Union ("EU") countries and it will also cease marketing the product in the EU countries where Marketing Authorizations had already been obtained. The Company's decision to exit the EU market is based on the challenges and cost of obtaining regulatory approval in the remaining 16 EU countries, as well as a re-evaluation of its marketing strategy and the current competitive landscape, where several products are approved to treat the same indications.

"We weighed our options carefully and this is the best business decision. The European market has still been only a very small piece of our WinRho(R) SDF business; we will focus our attention on our established markets and building relationships with new customers," said Dr. John Langstaff, president and CEO of Cangene Corporation.

About WinRho(R) SDF (Rho (D) Immune Globulin (Human) for Injection)

WinRho(R) SDF is a sterile, lyophilized or liquid gamma globulin (IgG) fraction containing antibodies to the Rho (D) antigen. It is approved in Canada, the United States and many other countries; its largest market is in North America.

About Cangene Corporation

Cangene is one of Canada's largest and earliest biopharmaceutical companies. It was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Cangene has approximately 700 employees in eight locations across North America and its products are sold worldwide. It operates three large manufacturing facilities-two in Winnipeg, Manitoba and one in Baltimore, Maryland-where it produces its own products and undertakes contract manufacturing for a number of companies. Cangene operates three U.S. and one Canadian plasma-collection facilities. In addition, it has a regulatory affairs, sales and corporate communications office in Toronto, Ontario.

Cangene is focused on developing therapeutics for infectious diseases, and the Company uses patented manufacturing processes to produce plasma-derived and recombinant therapeutic proteins. Cangene has five FDA and/or Health Canada-approved products. In addition, the Company has several more products in development at various stages. Three of Cangene's products have been accepted into the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile - botulism antitoxin, anthrax immune globulin and vaccinia immune globulin, a product used to counteract certain complications that may arise from smallpox vaccination.

Capitalizing on its drug manufacturing expertise, Cangene also operates a significant contract research and manufacturing business using its Winnipeg facilities and the resources of Baltimore, Maryland-based Chesapeake Biological Laboratories, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary). Cangene's website,, includes product and investor information, including past news releases. Chesapeake's website is

"Cangene", "WinRho" and "WinRho SDF" are trademarks belonging to Cangene Corporation.

Forward-looking information

The reader should be aware that Cangene's businesses are subject to risks and uncertainties that cannot be predicted or quantified; consequently, actual results may differ materially from past results and those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such risks or uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the regulatory environment including the difficulty of predicting regulatory outcomes; changes in the value of the Canadian dollar; the Company's reliance on a small number of customers including government organizations; the demand for new products and the impact of competitive products, service and pricing; availability and cost of raw materials, especially the cost, availability and antibody concentration in plasma; fluctuations in operating results; government policies or actions; progress and cost of clinical trials; reliance on key strategic relationships; costs and possible development delays resulting from use of legal, regulatory or legislative strategies by the Company's competitors; uncertainty related to intellectual property protection and potential costs associated with its defence; the Company's exposure to lawsuits; and other matters beyond control of management. Risks and uncertainties are discussed more extensively in the MD&A section of the Company's most recent annual report and annual information form, which are available on the Company's website or on SEDAR at

Scientific information that relates to unapproved products or unapproved uses of products is preliminary and investigative. No conclusions can or should be drawn regarding the safety or efficacy of such products. Only regulatory authorities can determine whether products are safe and effective for the uses being investigated. Healthcare professionals are directed to refer to approved labelling for products and not rely on information presented in news releases. Drug names and prescribing information may differ in various countries.

The cautionary statements referred to above should be considered in connection with all written or oral statements, especially forward-looking statements, that are made by the Company or by persons acting on its behalf and in conjunction with its periodic filings with Securities Commissions, including those contained in the Company's news releases and most recently filed annual information form. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "expects", "plans", "will", "believes", "estimates", "intends", "may", "bodes" and other words of similar meaning (including negative and grammatical variations). Should known or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, or should management's assumptions prove inaccurate, actual results could vary materially from those anticipated. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly make or update any forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law.

For further information

about Cangene Corporation, please contact Paul Brisebois, Vice President Commercial Development at (204) 275-4310 or by email at

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