Cipher Pharma Announces Canadian Launch Of Beteflam

Represents Fourth Product in Cipher's Growing Canadian Portfolio

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:CPHR; TSX:CPH) ("Cipher" or "the Company") today announced the Canadian launch of Beteflam (betamethasone valerate), a novel, patent-protected patch, indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate plaque psoriasis of the elbows and knees for a maximum duration of 30 days in adult patients1.

"We're pleased to introduce Beteflam, a unique treatment option for Canadians suffering from plaque psoriasis, a very common and persistent skin disorder, affecting as many as a million Canadians2," said Joan Chypyha, GM of Cipher Canada. "We continue to deliver on our portfolio expansion plans and our commitment to delivering unique Dermatology products. Beteflam represents our fourth marketed product, and we expect to continue our growth with six products targeted for the Canadian market in 2016 and eight in 2017."

Topical corticosteroids remain the primary treatment for steroid-responsive inflammatory skin diseases, including mild to moderate chronic plaque psoriasis. Occlusion with plastic film dressings is a widely accepted procedure to enhance their efficacy, especially in the treatment of psoriasis. Beteflam is a topical patch that is applied once daily to the affected region and may be cut to fit the particular size and shape of the psoriatic lesion thereby reducing potential contact of the steroid with healthy areas of skin.

Cipher licensed the Canadian rights to Beteflam from Institut Biochimique SA ("IBSA"). The efficacy and safety of Beteflam was demonstrated by two randomized, active-controlled studies involving 555 patients with mild-to-moderate chronic plaque psoriasis, of which 281 patients received Beteflam. The results of the clinical program demonstrated that the clinical efficacy of Beteflam was superior to that of betamethasone valerate 0.1% cream and comparable to that of Dovobet 50 µg calcipotriol plus 0.5 mg betamethasone dipropionate ointment. The commonly reported adverse drug reactions that occurred in patients using Beteflam were skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders, occurring in < 5% of patients treated1.

About Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Cipher Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CPHR; TSX:CPH) is a rapidly growing specialty pharmaceutical dermatology company with a diversified portfolio of commercial-stage products with the goal of becoming the most customer-centric dermatology company in North America.

Cipher completed seven transactions in 2015, including the acquisition of Innocutis and its nine branded dermatology products, to build its U.S. commercial presence, expand its Canadian dermatology franchise and broaden its pipeline. Cipher is well-capitalized to drive long-term, sustained earnings growth by leveraging its proven clinical development capabilities and efficient commercial execution. For more information, visit

About IBSA

IBSA Institut Biochimique SA was founded in 1945 by a group of Swiss biologists with its head office in Lugano. IBSA Institut Biochimique represents the headquarters of the IBSA group.

After an initial phase of consolidation at national level, IBSA experienced a period of rapid expansion and even developed an international reputation starting in 1985, the year in which the current chairman took over as head of the company. Under the new management the company adopted a strategy of optimizing the use of active ingredients for developing innovative pharmaceutical forms capable of improving patient compliance and the treatment required. The activities cover 7 main treatment areas (pain/inflammation, rheumatology, reproduction and fertility, endocrinology, urology, dermatology and dermocosmetics, respiratory), with over 60 exclusive patents.

Currently the IBSA group employs over 1,800 people and is present in over 80 countries through partnerships and local subsidiaries in Italy, France, Hungary, Slovak Republic, Poland, Turkey, China and Scandinavia.

The production facilities are in Switzerland, Italy and the Far East and all are in strict compliance with the highest standards of quality and in line with current regulations. By controlling the steps from production to the delivery of the finished product, IBSA is capable of guaranteeing high quality standards for all products from the various therapeutic areas.

Forward-Looking Statements

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1 BETEFLAMProduct Monograph. Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. December 3, 2015
2 Canadian Dermatology Association

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