Nuvo Research Announces the U.S. Commercial Launch of PENNSAID« 2% by Mallinckrodt

11 February 2014

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Nuvo Research Inc. (TSX: NRI), a specialty pharmaceutical company with a diverse portfolio of topical and immunology products today announced the U.S. commercial launch of PENNSAID (diclofenac sodium topical solution) 2% w/w (PENNSAID 2%) by its U.S. commercial licenseeMallinckrodt (NYSE:MNK).  PENNSAID 2% is the first twice per day topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) approved for use in the United States for the treatment of the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee(s).  Nuvo receives royalties on U.S. sales of PENNSAID 2%.

"We believe the commercial launch of PENNSAID 2% has the potential to generate increased sales from which Nuvo can receive increased royalties," said Dan Chicoine, Chairman and co-CEO.  "PENNSAID 2% provides a topical treatment option to the millions of U.S. patients suffering from the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee while providing a lower systemic drug exposure than an oral NSAID."

PENNSAID 2% was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on January 16, 2014.  U.S. sales and marketing rights for PENNSAID 2% are licensed to Mallinckrodt by Nuvo Research Inc.

About PENNSAID 2%
PENNSAID 2% is a follow-on product to original PENNSAID (diclofenac sodium topical solution) 1.5% w/w (PENNSAID 1.5%) which is currently marketed in the U.S. by Mallinckrodt under license from Nuvo.  PENNSAID 2% is a topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) containing 2% diclofenac sodium compared to 1.5% for original PENNSAID 1.5%.  It is more viscous than original PENNSAID 1.5%, is supplied in a metered dose pump bottle and has been approved for twice daily dosing compared to four times a day for original PENNSAID 1.5%.

About Nuvo Research Inc.
Nuvo (TSX:NRI) is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on improving patient's lives by developing and commercializing innovative products that address unmet medical needs.  The Company has a diverse portfolio of topical and immunology products.

Nuvo's marketed products include PENNSAID 1.5% (a topical treatment for the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee), PENNSAID 2% (a topical treatment for the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee), Pliaglis (a topical local anesthetic) and the heated lidocaine/tetracaine patch (HLT Patch).  For additional Company information visit www.nuvoresearch.com.

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