Fero Industries, Inc. Expands Sucanon® Distribution in Mexico
Published: Jul 13, 2011
CALGARY, Alberta, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fero Industries, Inc. (OTCQB: FROI) (the "Company") is pleased to report that Merck S.A. de C.V. has successfully expanded Sucanon® retail distribution throughout Mexico from 900 points-of-sale to over 2,500 outlets and pharmacy chains. Sucanon® is available over-the-counter in Mexico from many well-known retailers including WalMart Supercenters, Superama, Farmacias del Ahorro, Comercial Mexicana, Farmacias Guadalajara, Soriana, Farmacias San Pablo, and Gusher Farmacias.
"Due to the excellent performance of Merck S.A. de C.V. as our business partners, Sucanon® is well positioned on the most important retail shelves throughout Mexico," said Mr. Luis M. Lopez, Chief Operating Officer of Fero Industries Inc. and President of Pharmaroth S.A., the Company's Mexican subsidiary. "This rapid expansion of distribution has placed Sucanon® and Sucanon® related marketing material in almost three times as many retail stores and should continue to boost market awareness and acceptance of Sucanon® as an over-the-counter treatment for type-2 diabetes across Mexico."
Sucanon® is approved as an over-the-counter ("OTC") remedy for type-2 diabetes by regulatory authorities in Mexico and is distributed there under an exclusive agreement with Merck S.A. de C.V. (Merck S.A. de C.V. is the Mexico and Latin America sales and marketing organization of German pharmaceutical and chemical giant, Merck KGaA.)
Commercial sales of Sucanon® began in January 2011 in Mexico. Mexico has one of the largest and fastest growing diabetic populations in the world, estimated at 15% of the total population. This indicates over 16 million diagnosed cases of diabetes, up seven fold since 1990. Diabetes is now the leading cause of death in Mexico and costs the country more than one-third of its total public health care budget annually.
Sucanon® is one of only three approved drugs in the multi-billion dollar market for a class of diabetic medications called "insulin sensitizers". Pre-clinical and clinical studies show that Sucanon® and other insulin sensitizers lower a patient's blood sugar by increasing the muscle, fat and liver's sensitivity to the body's own naturally produced insulin. Sucanon® has been approved for prescription sale in China and Peru. Sucanon® is also approved as an OTC treatment for type-2 diabetes by regulatory authorities in Mexico, and is distributed there under an exclusive agreement with Merck S.A. de C.V.
About Fero Industries Inc.
Fero Industries, Inc. (OTCQB: FROI) is focused on diabetes prevention and treatments. The Company holds the intellectual property and all exclusive world-wide rights related to the production, marketing, and distribution of Sucanon®, an oral treatment for type-2 diabetes. Sucanon® is a member of a class of diabetic medications called insulin sensitizers. Insulin sensitizers lower blood sugar by increasing the muscle, fat and liver's sensitivity to insulin. Insulin sensitizers are blood sugar normalizing or euglycemic drugs that help return the blood sugar to the normal range without the risk of low blood sugars. Fero's strategy is to increase awareness, acceptance, and distribution of Sucanon® globally.
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