Cipher Pharma Launches A Foam Preparation Of Bionect

- Offers Dermatologists a New Formulation of Leading Topical Product with Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid -

- Bionect® Foam Improves Ease of Treatment Through an Advantageous Vehicle for Hard-to-Reach Dermal Ulcers, Wounds, Burns, and other Skin Conditions, Especially in Hair-Bearing Areas1 -

CHARLESTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:CPHR; TSX:CPH) today announced that its prescription topical Bionect® is now available in the United States in a lightweight foam preparation that holds its shape until application, making it easier for dermatologists to treat hard-to-reach skin areas. Foams have cosmetic advantages, and are known to be well-suited for hair-bearing areas.1

“We are excited to bring another innovative product to the dermatology community with the expansion of our Bionect® franchise of topical treatments which safely and effectively manage inflammation, discomfort and redness associated with irritations of the skin”

“We are excited to bring another innovative product to the dermatology community with the expansion of our Bionect® franchise of topical treatments which safely and effectively manage inflammation, discomfort and redness associated with irritations of the skin,” said Charles F. Jenkins, Vice President of Marketing, Cipher US. “Bionect as a foam, coupled with the benefits of Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid, gives dermatologists better access to more of the skin's surface.”

Bionect® Foam has the same moisturizing and healing properties of Bionect® cream and gel. It features Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid, which is naturally present in the skin and has been shown in studies to reduce signs and symptoms of inflammation and stimulate healing. As a non-steroidal, Bionect® Foam is especially well-suited for safely dressing and managing dermal ulcers, wounds, post-operative incisions, first- and second-degree burns and other skin irritations. It also gives dermatologists and their patients a non-abrasive foam option for hard-to-reach places such as hair-bearing areas and skin folds.

Bionect® Foam comes in a foam canister and is available by prescription only. The Bionect® Patient Access Card is available to help patients who need assistance paying for out-of-pocket medication costs. For more information about the co-pay card, patients can speak with their dermatologist or healthcare provider or visit

For complete Bionect® Foam prescribing information visit

Benefits of Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid

Low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, found in all Bionect® products, is a substance that is naturally present in the skin and other parts of the body. One of the crucial functions of hyaluronic acid is to attract and hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This allows for the transport of proteins, oxygen and nutrients through the skin and helps maintain an intact dermal matrix structure. Recent investigations have also shown that, in addition to its water-binding properties, hyaluronic acid also plays a central role in the inflammation and tissue repair process.2

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. Cipher aims to become 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

1 Ledwohl, M. , et al. “A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of clobetasol propionate 0.05% foam in the treatment of nonscalp psoriasis.” International Journal of Dermatology; 2002; 41:269-274. Retrieved February 2, 2016 from
2 Weindl, G., Schaller, M., Schaefer-Korting, M., Korting, H. C.“Hyaluronic acid in the treatment and prevention of skin diseases: molecular, biological, pharmaceutical and clinical aspects.” Skin Pharmacol and Physiol; 2004;17:207-213.

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