BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sucampo AG ("SAG"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:SCMP) ("Sucampo"), headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, announced today that all physicians in Switzerland are now able to prescribe AMITIZA ® (lubiprostone) for chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC), as a result of the revision of the reimbursement limitations by the Bundesamt für Gesundheit (BAG), effective February 1, 2014. In September 2013, SAG requested that the BAG revise several limitations with which AMITIZA was first approved for reimbursement and inclusion in the specialty list (SL), to make it easier to prescribe AMITIZA to patients who have failed previous treatments with at least two laxatives over a nine month period. The SL limitations that were revised are:
- All Swiss physicians, not just gastroenterologists, are now allowed to prescribe AMITIZA;
- The change in the maximum treatment duration of AMITIZA increased from 12 to 52 weeks before a review is needed by a health insurance health care practitioner; and
- The BAG removed from AMITIZA's SL a group limitation pertaining to the number of AMITIZA packs that physicians can prescribe at one time.