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March 28, 2013
/PRNewswire/ - Cardiome Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ: CRME) (TSX: COM) today announces the addition of Steen Juul-Möller, M.D., Ph.D./DMSc., FESC to Cardiome's management team as Medical Director,
. In his capacity of Medical Director, Dr. Juul-Möller will oversee Cardiome's clinical and medical affairs activities.
Dr. Juul-Möller has held his clinical position at the Malmö University Hospital (now Skåne University Hospital) since 1980. He is a strong proponent for the rapid cardioversion of patients with recent onset atrial fibrillation (AF). Dr. Juul-Möller was responsible for changing his hospital's emergency room AF management protocol and developed an AF fast-track treatment system where patients were safely and rapidly cardioverted resulting in both patient and economic benefits. Vernakalant was regularly used in the atrial fibrillation fast-track protocol. Since BRINAVESS™ was available in
, clinicians at Skåne University Hospital have used it to cardiovert over 250 recent onset atrial fibrillation patients to normal sinus rhythm achieving successful cardioversion in 70% to 80% of patients, which is almost 50% higher than what was achieved in clinical trials. He has also served on the Steering Committee of both the ACT I and ACT III pivotal Phase 3 trials for vernakalant.
"We are thrilled to have Dr. Juul-Möller join Cardiome's medical team," said
, M.D., Cardiome's President and CEO. "Sharing his BRINAVESS™ experience with other clinicians and decision makers such as the identification of patients who would best respond to BRINAVESS™ and the economic benefits his hospital has gained after implementing a fast-track AF protocol will be key as Cardiome assumes BRINAVESS™ commercialization activities."
In addition to clinical practice, he has concentrated his research activities on clinical cardiology. He successfully ran a large clinical project involving 94 centers in
, the results of which were singularly responsible for the 1997 FDA recommendation of aspirin treatment for primary prevention of myocardial infarction in patients with stable angina (published in Lancet 1992;340:1421-1425).
For the last 10 years, Dr. Juul-Möller has directed his research towards arrhythmias and international drug development including Phase 2 through to Phase 4 clinical studies, frequently utilizing the state-of-the-art Laboratory for Ambulatory ECG Monitoring. He has had an instrumental role in creating the first Scandinavian Syncope Center, located in Malmö and developing a fast-track atrial fibrillation treatment program at his hospital.