Bio-Technology General Corp. Modifies Distribution Agreement With Accredo Health, Incorporated.
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EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 4, 2002
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BTG Begbies Traynor Group to Sell Oxandrin(R), Delatestryl(R) Directly to Wholesalers;
Accredo to Continue to Provide Management Services
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BTGC Bukit Tinggi Golf Club (Malaysia) ) today announced the renegotiation of its agreement with Accredo Health, Incorporated (NASDAQ:ACDO ACDO Air Carrier District Office
ACDO Assistant Command Duty Officer ) for the distribution of Oxandrin(R) for the treatment of involuntary weight loss and Delatestryl(R) for the treatment of testosterone deficiency. The original distribution agreement was entered into with Gentiva Health Services Gentiva Health Services, headquartered in Long Island, New York, is one of the largest providers of health care and specialty pharmaceutical services in the United States.
A publicly traded NASDAQ: GTIV company, which was acquired by Accredo in 2002.
Under the revised agreement, BTG will sell these products directly to wholesalers and Accredo will distribute them for BTG on a consignment basis for a transaction fee. Accredo will earn management fees from BTG for certain services it will continue to provide, such as warehousing and shipping of product, but will cease to recognize revenue it previously recognized as the sole distributor for Oxandrin and Delatestryl. The transition to this arrangement is underway and will be completed during 2003.
In anticipation of the change in its distribution agreement with Accredo, BTG has established direct relationships with key wholesalers. The new arrangement is expected to provide greater economy by reducing BTG's distribution costs.
Sales of Oxandrin have recently been driven by several new initiatives, such as the 2002 sales force expansion and the 2000 long-term care partnership with Ross Products Division, Abbott Laboratories.
Oxandrin prescriptions for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2002 grew 35% and 18%, respectively, over the comparable periods of 2001. Prescription growth from the second to the third quarter of 2002 was 12%. Retail prescriptions, representing approximately 60% of the total, grew 22% in the first nine months of 2002, compared to the same period in 2001, whereas prescriptions in the long-term care sector grew 18%.
As previously announced, BTG has launched a new 10mg Oxandrin tablet for the treatment of involuntary weight loss. The new tablet strength, which allows patients taking 20mg a day, the most common dosage, to convert from eight 2.5 mg tablets to the convenience of one 10mg tablet twice daily, is expected to improve patient adherence to therapy and drive market share growth. Since introducing the product in December 1995, the Company has grown Oxandrin sales to over $47 million in 2001.
Oxandrin is the only oral anabolic anabolic
pertaining to or arising from anabolism.
steroids with a tissue-building effect. Testosterone is an example of a natural anabolic steroid with the, sometimes undesirable, effect of causing masculinization. agent approved by the FDA FDA
Food and Drug Administration
n.pr See Food and Drug Administration.
n.pr the abbreviation for the Food and Drug Administration. as adjunctive therapy to promote weight gain after weight loss following extensive surgery, chronic infections, or severe trauma, and in some patients who without definite pathophysiologic reasons fail to gain or to maintain normal weight. Oxandrin is now available in both 2.5mg and 10mg strengths.
Bio-Technology General Corp. develops, manufactures and markets genetically engineered and other products for human health care. BTG's products are marketed worldwide. Products sold in the United States are Oxandrin(R) (oxandrolone, USP USP - unique sales point ), marketed by BTG and by the Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories under a co-marketing agreement, Delatestryl(R) (testosterone enanthate), marketed by BTG, Mircette(R) (oral contraceptive), marketed by Organon or·ga·non or or·ga·num
n. pl. or·ga·nons or or·ga·nums or or·ga·na
1. An organ.
2. A set of principles for use in scientific investigation.
pl. organa [Gr.] organ. , Inc., and BioLon(TM) (sodium hyaluronate hyaluronate /hy·al·uro·nate/ (hi?ah-ldbobr´ro-nat) a salt, anion, or ester of hyaluronic acid. The sodium salt and a derivative of it are used as analgesics in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. ), marketed by Akorn, Inc. Products sold internationally are Bio-Tropin(TM) (recombinant human growth hormone human growth hormone (HGH): see growth hormone. ), BioLon(TM) (sodium hyaluronate), Bio-Hep-B(TM) (hepatitis B vaccine hepatitis B vaccine
n. Abbr. HB
A vaccine prepared from the inactivated surface antigen of the hepatitis B virus and used to immunize against hepatitis B. ), Silkis(R) (vitamin D derivative), Arthrease(TM) (sodium hyaluronate for osteoarthritis), and recombinant human insulin Noun 1. recombinant human insulin - a form of insulin (trade name Humulin) made from recombinant DNA that is identical to human insulin; used to treat diabetics who are allergic to preparations made from beef or pork insulin
Humulin . BTG's news releases and other information are available on the Company's website at www.btgc.com.
Arthrease is a trademark of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.; Mircette is a registered trademark of Organon, Inc.; Silkis is a registered trademark of Galderma.
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