Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Reports Revenue Growth Of 25% In First Quarter 2017

- Acquired exclusive U.S. Rights to Totect®

- Successfully defended Acetadote® patent

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CPIX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on hospital acute care and gastroenterology, today announced first quarter 2017 financial results with Net Revenues of $9.6 million and Adjusted Earnings of $0.3 million or $0.02 per share. As of March 31, 2017, the Company had approximately $92 million in Total Assets including $50 million in cash and marketable securities.

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  • Announced the acquisition of exclusive U.S. rights to Totect® through an agreement with the Clinigen Group plc.
  • Two new Caldolor® study manuscripts published, adding to the growing body of literature supporting the product.
  • Successfully defended Acetadote® patent in Federal Appeals Court.
  • Welcomed Kenneth Krogulski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Asset Management LLC, to the Company's Board of Directors.

"We are off to a fast start in 2017," said A.J. Kazimi, Chief Executive Officer of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals. "We have already had a series of positive developments this year that will make important contributions toward our goal of delivering long-term sustainable growth."



Cumberland announced an agreement with the Clinigen Group plc to acquire exclusive U.S. rights to the FDA approved oncology support drug, Totect®. This is the second product Clinigen has licensed to Cumberland under a strategic alliance entered into between the companies.

Totect is an FDA-approved emergency oncology intervention which is indicated to reverse the toxic effects of extravasation associated with anthracycline chemotherapy. Extravasation occurs when an injected medicine escapes from the blood vessels and circulates into surrounding tissues in the body causing severe damage and serious complications. Totect can reverse such damage without the need for additional surgeries and procedures, enabling patients to continue their essential anti-cancer treatment.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cumberland will be responsible for all marketing, promotion, and distribution of the product in the United States. Clinigen will retain responsibility for manufacturing and regulatory management of the product. The U.S. launch of Totect is currently expected in late 2017.


Early in the first quarter, Cumberland announced the publication of a multicenter clinical study demonstrating that Caldolor® delivered significant fever reduction in hospitalized children.

The study evaluated the efficacy and safety of intravenous ibuprofen in pediatric patients, six months and older, with fever. Results from the study demonstrated that a single 10 mg/kg dose of intravenous ibuprofen provided a significant reduction of temperature in the pediatric patients and provides an effective option for reducing fever in children. This pivotal data published in the British BMC Pediatrics Journal supported the FDA approval of Caldolor for use in this pediatric patient population.

In March 2017, the Company announced the publication of a trial providing evidence that using Caldolor in multimodal pain control strategies improves postoperative pain control and reduces opioid use in patients undergoing surgery.

The trial compared outcomes in two groups of patients treated with multimodal pain management protocols following transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary lesions: Group 1 patients treated intraoperatively with IV Ibuprofen (Caldolor 800 mg.), scheduled oral acetaminophen and rescue opioids, versus Group 2 patients treated with IV saline placebo, scheduled oral acetaminophen, and rescue opioids. The patients receiving Caldolor demonstrated a significant reduction of 43% in their mean pain scores compared with those receiving placebo. Opioid use was also significantly impacted with a 58% reduction in the Caldolor Group patients compared to Placebo Group patients.

The trial was conducted at the Department of Neurosurgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The study results were published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, March 2017.


In January 2017, a Federal Appeals Court affirmed the District Court ruling in the Company's favor in its lawsuit for infringement of its Acetadote Patent. The Appeals Court opinion affirmed the District Court's ruling, expressly rejecting validity challenges, and upholding Cumberland's Patent.  Since 2012, the USPTO has a series of patents associated with Acetadote, Cumberland's injectable formulation of N-Acetylcysteine ("NAC") for the treatment of acetaminophen overdose.

Board of Directors Appointment

In January 2017, Cumberland announced the addition of Kenneth J. Krogulski, CFA to the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Krogulski is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Asset Management LLC. He is also the Chief Investment Officer of Berkshire, an SEC-registered investment advisory firm. Mr. Krogulski has over 38 years of experience in security analysis and portfolio management. Under his leadership, Berkshire's assets under supervision have grown from $600 million in 2006 to over $1.7 billion in 2017.


Net Revenue:  For the three months ended March 31, 2017, net revenues were $9.6 million, compared to $7.7 million for the prior year period.  Net revenue by product for the three months ended March 31, 2017, included $3.7 million for Ethyol®, $2.4 million for Kristalose®, $1.3 million for Acetadote® (including $0.9 million for the Company's Authorized Generic) $0.8 million for Caldolor®, $0.7 million for Vaprisol® and $0.6 million for Omeclamox®-Pak.

Operating Expenses:  Total operating expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2017 were $10.3 million, compared to $8.2 million during the prior year period. The primary reasons for this increase were the additional cost of goods sold and royalty expenses associated with the growth in sales.

Earnings:  Net income (loss) for the first quarter of 2017 was $(1.3) million or $(0.08) per diluted share, compared to $(0.3) million or $(.02) a share for the prior year period. This difference was impacted by a non-cash charge to taxes associated with an increase in the valuation allowance for prior Research and Development tax credits.  Adjusted Earnings for the first quarter were $0.3 million or $0.02 per diluted share, similar to the prior year period. The definition and reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings to net income (loss) is provided in this release.

Balance Sheet:  At March 31, 2017, Cumberland had $50.5 million in cash and marketable securities, including approximately $35.0 million in cash and equivalents.  Total Assets at March 31, 2017 were $91.9 million.  Total Liabilities were $19.6 million, including $4.1 million outstanding on the Company's revolving line of credit, resulting in Total Shareholder's Equity of $72.4 million

Cumberland also has approximately $44 million in tax net operating loss carryforwards, resulting from the prior exercise of stock options. As part of the adoption of the recent Stock Compensation standard, these tax net operating loss carryforwards resulted in the addition of a new tax asset to the balance sheet along with a significant allowance. The net change in deferred tax assets was an increase of $0.41 million for the first quarter.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and live Internet webcast will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company's first quarter 2017 financial results. To participate in the call, please dial 877-303-1298 (for U.S. callers) or 253-237-1032 (for international callers).  A rebroadcast of the teleconference will be available for one week and can be accessed by dialing 855-859-2056 (for U.S. callers) or 404-537-3406 (for international callers).  The Conference ID for the rebroadcast is 11376419. The live webcast and rebroadcast can be accessed via Cumberland's website at

About Cumberland Pharmaceuticals

Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquisition, development and commercialization of branded prescription products. The Company's primary target markets include hospital acute care and gastroenterology. Cumberland's six marketed products include Acetadote® (acetylcysteine) Injection for the treatment of acetaminophen poisoning, Caldolor® (ibuprofen) Injection, for the treatment of pain and fever, Kristalose® (lactulose) for Oral Solution, a prescription laxative, Vaprisol® (conivaptan) Injection, for the treatment of hyponatremia and Omeclamox-Pak® for the treatment of H. pylori infection and duodenal ulcer disease, and Ethyol® (amifostine) for Injection, for the treatment of oncology patients. Cumberland is developing Hepatoren® (ifetroban) Injection for the treatment of Hepatorenal Syndrome, Boxaban® (ifetroban) Oral Capsule for the treatment of Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease, VasculanTM (ifetroban) Oral Capsule for the treatment of systemic sclerosis, and Portaban, for the treatment of portal hypertension   Cumberland is dedicated to providing innovative products that improve quality of care for patients. For more information on Cumberland's approved products, including full prescribing information, please visit the individual product websites, links to which can be found on the Company's website

About Acetadote® (acetylcysteine) Injection

Acetadote, administered intravenously within 8 to 10 hours after ingestion of a potentially hepatotoxic quantity of acetaminophen, is indicated to prevent or lessen hepatic injury. Used in the emergency department, Acetadote is approved in the United States to treat overdose of acetaminophen, a common ingredient in many over-the-counter medications. Acetadote is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity or previous anaphylactoid reactions to acetylcysteine or any components of the preparation. Serious anaphylactoid reactions, including death in a patient with asthma, have been reported in patients administered acetylcysteine intravenously.

Acetadote should be used with caution in patients with asthma or where there is a history of bronchospasm. The total volume administered should be adjusted for patients weighing less than 40 kg and for those requiring fluid restriction. To avoid fluid overload, the volume of diluent should be reduced as needed. If volume is not adjusted, fluid overload can occur, potentially resulting in hyponatremia, seizure and death. For full prescribing information, visit

About Caldolor® (ibuprofen) Injection

Caldolor is indicated in adults and pediatric patients for the management of mild to moderate pain and management of moderate to severe pain as an adjunct to opioid analgesics, as well as the reduction of fever.  It was the first FDA-approved intravenous therapy for fever.  Caldolor is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to ibuprofen or other NSAIDs, patients with a history of asthma or other allergic type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs.  Caldolor is contraindicated for use during the peri-operative period in the setting of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.  Caldolor should be used with caution in patients with prior history of ulcer disease or GI bleeding, in patients with fluid retention or heart failure, in the elderly, those with renal impairment, heart failure, liver impairment, and those taking diuretics or ACE inhibitors.  Blood pressure should be monitored during treatment with Caldolor.  For full prescribing information, including boxed warning, visit

About Kristalose® (lactulose) Oral Solution

Kristalose is indicated for the treatment of acute and chronic constipation. It is a unique, proprietary, crystalline form of lactulose, with no restrictions on length of therapy or patient age. Initial dosing may produce flatulence and intestinal cramps, which are usually transient. Excessive dosage can lead to diarrhea with potential complications such as loss of fluids, hypokalemia and hypernatremia. Nausea and vomiting have been reported. Use with caution in diabetics. Kristalose is contraindicated in patients who require a low-galactose diet. Elderly, debilitated patients who receive lactulose for more than six months should have serum electrolytes (potassium, chloride, carbon dioxide) measured periodically. For full prescribing information, visit

About Omeclamox®-Pak (omeprazole, clarithromycin, amoxicillin)

Omeprazole is an antisecretory drug, which works by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach produces. Clarithromycin and amoxicillin are antibacterial drugs, which inhibit the growth of bacteria allowing the stomach lining to heal. Omeclamox-Pak is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to omeprazole, any macrolide antibiotic or penicillin. The safety and effectiveness of Omeclamox-Pak in the pediatric population has not yet been established. Omeclamox-Pak was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011. For full prescribing information, visit

About Vaprisol® (conivaptan hydrochloride) Injection

Vaprisol is an intravenous treatment for hyponatremia used in the critical care setting. Hyponatremia is an electrolyte disturbance in which sodium ion concentration in blood plasma is lower than normal.  This can be associated with a variety of critical care conditions including congestive heart failure, liver failure, kidney failure and pneumonia.  The product is a vasopressin receptor antagonist that raises serum sodium levels and promotes free water secretion. Vaprisol was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2005 for euvolemic hyponatremia and in 2007 for hypervolemic hyponatremia. For full prescribing information, visit

About Ethyol® (amifostine) Injection

Ethyol is indicated to reduce the cumulative renal toxicity associated with repeated administration of cisplatin in patients with advanced ovarian cancer. It is indicated to reduce the incidence of moderate to severe xerostomia in patients undergoing post-operative radiation treatment for head and neck cancer, where the radiation port includes a substantial portion of the parotid glands.

About Cumberland Emerging Technologies (CET)

Cumberland Emerging Technologies, Inc. ( is a joint initiative between Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc., Vanderbilt University, LaunchTN, and Gloria Pharmaceuticals. The mission of CET is to advance biomedical technologies and products conceived at Vanderbilt University and other regional research centers towards the marketplace. CET helps manage the development and commercialization process for select projects, and provides expertise on intellectual property, regulatory, manufacturing and marketing issues that are critical to successful new biomedical products. CET's Life Sciences Center, provides laboratory space, equipment and infrastructure for CET's activities and other early-stage life sciences ventures.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to certain risks and reflect Cumberland's current views on future events based on what it believes are reasonable assumptions.

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