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Somaxon Pharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: SOMX), a specialty pharmaceutical company, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

“We continue to manage our operating expenses in an effort to drive towards positive cash flow and profitability, as we focus on high-value Silenor prescribers through our targeted promotional activities. Importantly, we believe our month-over-month prescription volume and corresponding product revenues are stabilizing,” said Richard W. Pascoe, Somaxon’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We will continue to work with our advisor, Stifel Nicolaus Weisel, to evaluate strategic alternatives with the goal of fully leveraging Silenor for the benefit of our stockholders.”

Recent Highlights
  • In April 2012, Somaxon entered into a collaboration with CJ CheilJedang Corporation, pursuant to which CJ CheilJedang will commercialize Silenor in South Korea, if approved. Under the terms of the agreements, Somaxon will receive an up-front payment of US$600,000. If Silenor is approved in South Korea, Somaxon will also be eligible to receive sales-based milestone payments as well as a royalty based on net sales of Silenor in South Korea. Somaxon will also supply CJ CheilJedang’s requirements for commercial quantities of Silenor in South Korea at a separate transfer price.
  • In February 2012, Somaxon announced that its licensee Paladin Labs Inc. has filed a New Drug Submission (NDS) that has been accepted for review by Health Canada for Silenor for the treatment of insomnia. If approved, Silenor is expected to be the first and only prescription product approved for the treatment of insomnia in Canada that is not a controlled substance. If Silenor is commercialized in Canada and/or the other territories under the licenses to Paladin, Somaxon will be eligible to receive sales-based milestone payments of up to US$128.5 million as well as a tiered double-digit percentage of net sales. To date, the Canadian prescription sleep aid market has consisted mainly of zopiclone, an older medication that despite its limitations, has driven the market to exceed $87 million in 2011, an increase of 10% vs. 2010.

First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

For the first quarter of 2012, net product sales of Silenor were $2.7 million, compared to net product sales for the first quarter of 2011 of $2.3 million.

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