SAN DIEGO, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardium Therapeutics (NYSE MKT:CXM) today announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with AvKARE Inc. to become the new sales and distribution partner for Excellagen ® in government medical facilities throughout the United States. This new agreement and commercialization arrangement with AvKARE effectively replaces an earlier arrangement with Academy Medical, LLC. Cardium elected to transfer the Excellagen distribution responsibilities to AvKARE, which provides five direct wound care experts and allows Cardium's 25 distributor representatives access to all government accounts. AvKARE services a diverse customer base that includes government (federal, state and municipal) and commercial sectors.
AvKARE, a HealthKARE company, is a licensed manufacturer/wholesaler of pharmaceuticals, disposable medical supplies and capital medical equipment. The officers and management team at AvKARE have more than 80 years' experience in the pharmaceutical and medical supply industry. AvKARE, which is known for its national distribution, services a diverse customer base that includes government (federal, state and municipal) and commercial sectors. AvKARE serves the Department of Defense, Veterans Hospitals, NASA, TriCare, Dept. of Agriculture, Indian Health Services, USDA, U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, and USMC, as well as Group Purchasing Organizations that include Amerinet, Innovatix, Health Trust Purchasing Group, IPC, Broadlane/MedAssets and Premier. AvKARE also holds National Government contracts, Federal Supply Schedule, as well as multiple Blanket Purchase Agreements. To learn more about AvKARE, visit www.Excellagen.com/AvKARE.About Excellagen Excellagen is a syringe-based, professional-use, pharmaceutically-formulated 2.6% fibrillar Type I bovine collagen homogenate that functions as an acellular biological modulator to activate the wound healing process and significantly accelerate the growth of granulation tissue. Excellagen's FDA clearance provides for very broad labeling including partial and full-thickness wounds, pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, diabetic ulcers, chronic vascular ulcers, tunneled/undermined wounds, surgical wounds (donor sites/graft, post-Mohs surgery, post-laser surgery, podiatric, wound dehiscence), trauma wounds (abrasions, lacerations, second-degree burns and skin tears) and draining wounds. Excellagen is intended for professional use following standard debridement procedures in the presence of blood cells and platelets, which are involved with the release of endogenous growth factors. Excellagen's unique fibrillar Type I bovine collagen homogenate formulation is topically applied through easy-to-control, pre-filled, sterile, single-use syringes and is designed for application at only one-week intervals.