Antares Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATRS) today announced the issuance of U.S. Patent 8,579,865. This new patent is related to a previously issued U.S. patent 8,480,631, and includes additional claims that describe injection devices for the subcutaneous delivery of methotrexate. The expiry date for this patent is 2030. The issuance of this patent further protects the OTREXUP ™ injection system by describing the injector and methods of use resulting in methotrexate blood levels bioequivalent to needle and syringe injections. With the addition of this patent, there are now 7 patents listed in the Orange Book related to OTREXUP ™.
“We continue to make significant progress in our efforts to patent-protect our first in-house proprietary product OTREXUP ™, as well as the Medi-Jet device technology,” said Paul K. Wotton, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer. “We plan to pursue additional patents on current and future proprietary programs in order to derive maximum commercial value for our shareholders. Intellectual property is one of our most important assets and we will work aggressively toward growing our increasing portfolio of patents while developing and commercializing our VIBEX ® and QuickShot ™ products.”
About Antares Pharma
Antares Pharma focuses on self-administered parenteral pharmaceutical products and topical gel-based medicines. The Company has received marketing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for OTREXUP™ (methotrexate) injection for the treatment of adults with severe active rheumatoid arthritis, children with active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis and adults with severe recalcitrant psoriasis. Antares Pharma is also developing VIBEX ® QS T for testosterone replacement therapy. The Company's technology platforms include VIBEX ® disposable Medi-Jet, disposable multi-use pen injectors and Vision™ reusable needle-free injectors marketed as Tjet ® and Zomajet ® by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd (Teva) and Ferring Pharmaceuticals (Ferring), respectively. Antares Pharma has a multi-product deal with Teva that includes Tev-Tropin ® [somatropin (rDNA origin) for injection] human growth hormone (hGH), VIBEX ® epinephrine and several other products. Antares Pharma’s partnership with Ferring includes Zomacton ® hGH (somatropin) injection. In the U.S. Antares has received FDA approval for Gelnique 3%™ (oxybutynin) gel, a treatment for overactive bladder that is marketed by Actavis. Elestrin ® (estradiol gel) is FDA approved for the treatment of moderate-to-severe vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause, and is marketed in the U.S. by Meda Pharma. Antares Pharma has two facilities in the U.S. The Parenteral Products Group located in Minneapolis, Minnesota directs the manufacturing and marketing of the Company’s reusable needle-free injection devices and related disposables, and develops its disposable pressure-assisted Medi-Jet and pen injector systems. The Company’s corporate office and Product Development and Commercial Groups are located in Ewing, New Jersey.Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are indicated by the words “may,” “will,” “plans,” “intends,” “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “potential,” “could,” “would,” “should,” and similar expressions, and includes statements regarding the ability of additional patents on current and future proprietary programs deriving maximum commercial value. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, changes in revenue growth and difficulties or delays in the commercial launch of OTREXUP™ for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, market acceptance by physicians and patients of new products, delays in product development and changes or delays in the regulatory process for existing or new product candidates. Additional information concerning these and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and in the Company's other periodic reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company cautions investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. All forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the Company on the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release, except as required by law.