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Kitov Pharma Announces Amended Marketing and Distribution Agreement with Coeptis and Provides Update on the Upcoming Launch of Consensi™ in the U.S

  • In the amended agreement with Coeptis, Kitov will receive up to $99.5M in milestone and reimbursement payments plus 20% in royalties
  • Coeptis Pharmaceuticals has engaged a distribution partner with an established sales network and access to thousands of pharmacies nationwide

/EIN News/ -- TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kitov Pharma Ltd. (“Kitov”) (NASDAQ/TASE: KTOV), a clinical-stage company advancing first-in-class therapies to overcome tumor immune evasion and drug resistance, today announced the amendment of the marketing and distribution agreement with Coeptis Pharmaceuticals and provided an update on the upcoming launch of Consensi in the U.S:

  • Marketing and distribution agreement with Coeptis Pharmaceuticals for commercialization of ConsensiTM in the U.S has been amended. Kitov will receive up to $99.5M in milestone and reimbursement payments plus 20% in royalties, with a minimum aggregate of $7 million in the next 3 years. 
  • Coeptis has engaged a distribution partner with an established sales network and access to thousands of pharmacies to drive the launch of the drug. In addition, a marketing plan and pricing strategy have been finalized.
  • Manufacturing of the initial commercial batches is now in its latest phases and will soon be ready for packaging and shipping to the U.S.

“As we get closer to the launch of ConsensiTM in the U.S., we are excited about Coeptis’ commercialization strategy and welcome Coeptis’ new partners who have an established distribution and operations infrastructure. We believe that their expertise and immense network will boost sales and will establish ConsensiTM as an ideal therapeutic option for patients suffering from both osteoarthritis related pain and hypertension,” said Isaac Israel, chief executive officer of Kitov. “In addition, the terms of the amended agreement create near-term revenue streams to support further development of our oncology pipeline – a key focus for Kitov.”

"Our agreement with Kitov is mutually beneficial and the updated agreement is another solid example of the strong collaboration between Coeptis and Kitov. We look forward to continuing our close relationship with Kitov, especially as we gear up to launch ConsensiTM in the US," said Modi Obochi, president and chief executive officer of Coeptis. "The recent selection of a distribution partner for ConsensiTM illustrates our strong commitment to meet our business objectives and to provide therapeutic options to the patients. We look forward to leveraging the cash flow from ConsensiTM to advance our portfolio."

Under the terms of the amended agreement Kitov will receive 20% in royalties on net sales of ConsensiTM with minimum royalties of $4.5M over the next 3 years. In addition, Kitov is entitled to receive up to $99.5M in milestone and reimbursement payments, of which $1M was previously received, $1.5M is expected before the end of the year in connection with the manufacturing of the initial commercial batches, an additional $1M is due following the first commercial sale of ConsensiTM in the U.S. and $96M which is subject to certain pre-defined commercial milestones.

About Consensi™

ConsensiTM is a fixed-dose combination of celecoxib, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for the treatment of pain caused by osteoarthritis, and amlodipine besylate, a drug designed to treat hypertension. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved ConsensiTM oral tablets for marketing on May 2018 and partnered in the U.S, China and South Korea. ConsensiTM is under patent protection in the U.S. until 2030 and will be the only NSAID whose labeling indicates a reduction of blood pressure and consequent risk reduction of heart attack, stroke and death.

Full US Prescribing Information, including BOXED WARNING and Medication Guide is available at: www.consensi.com.

Indications and Usage:

Consensi™ is a combination of amlodipine besylate, a calcium channel blocker, and celecoxib, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), indicated for patients for whom treatment with amlodipine for hypertension and celecoxib for osteoarthritis are appropriate. Lowering blood pressure reduces the risk of fatal and nonfatal CV events, primarily strokes and myocardial infarctions.

Limitations of Use:
Consensi™ is only available in a celecoxib strength of 200 mg and is only to be taken once daily.

Important Safety Information (ISI) for Consensi™

The following ISI is based on the Highlights section of the U.S. Prescribing Information for Consensi™. Please consult the full Prescribing Information for all of the labelled safety information for Consensi™. 

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cause an increased risk of serious cardiovascular (CV) thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may occur early in the treatment and may increase with duration of use.

Consensi™ is contraindicated in the setting of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

NSAIDs cause an increased risk of serious gastrointestinal (GI) adverse events, including bleeding, ulceration and perforation of the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal. These events can occur at any time during use and without warning symptoms. Elderly patients and patients with a prior history of peptic ulcer disease and/or GI bleeding are at greater risk for serious GI events.

Consensi™ is contraindicated in patients with a known hypersensitivity to amlodipine, celecoxib or any of its inactive ingredients.

Consensi™ is contraindicated in patients with a known history of asthma, urticaria or other allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs and in the setting of CABG surgery.

Consensi™ is contraindicated in patients with known demonstrated allergic-type reactions to sulfonamides.

Significant warnings and precautions related to Consensi™ include the following:

Patients should be warned about the potential signs and symptoms of hepatotoxicity and hepatic failure.  Physicians should discontinue Consensi™ if abnormal liver tests persist or worsen, or if clinical signs and symptoms of liver disease develop.

Patients taking some antihypertensive medications may have impaired response to these therapies when taking NSAIDs. Physicians should carefully monitor blood pressure.

Symptomatic hypotension is possible, particularly in patients with severe aortic stenosis.

Worsening angina and acute myocardial infarction, particularly in patients with severe obstructive coronary artery disease, is possible.

Physicians should avoid use of Consensi™ in patients with severe heart failure.

Physicians should monitor renal function in patients with renal or hepatic impairment, heart failure, dehydration, or hypovolemia, and avoid the use of Consensi™ in patients with advanced renal disease.

Patients should seek emergency help if an anaphylactic reaction occurs.

Consensi™ is contraindicated in patients with aspirin-sensitive asthma. Monitor patients with preexisting asthma (without aspirin sensitivity).

Physicians should discontinue Consensi™ at the first appearance of skin rash or other signs of hypersensitivity.

NSAIDs such as Consensi™ can cause premature Closure of Fetal Ductus Arteriosus.

Avoid use in pregnant women starting at 30 weeks of gestation.

Physicians should monitor hemoglobin or hematocrit in patients with any signs or symptoms of anemia.

Consensi™ is not recommended in patients with moderate or severe hepatic impairment or severe renal insufficiency.

Consensi™ is not recommended in Poor Metabolizers of CYP2C9 Substrates.
  
To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Coeptis Pharmaceuticals at 1-800-651-6606 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch 

About Coeptis Pharmaceuticals
Coeptis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a privately held biopharmaceutical company engaged in the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative products that utilizes the 505(b)2 pathways. Coeptis licensed FDA-approved Consensi™ (a combination of amlodipine and celecoxib), which is indicated for patients for whom treatment with amlodipine for hypertension and celecoxib for osteoarthritis are appropriate. It is in the process of launching ConsensiTM in the US through a distribution partner with an established sales network to thousands of pharmacies nationwide. Headquartered near Pittsburgh, PA, Coeptis has put together seasoned pharmaceutical executives with demonstrated successes growing revenues and shareholder value and has a robust pipeline of 505(b)2 products at various stages of development. For more information, please visit www.coeptispharma.com.

About Kitov Pharma
Kitov Pharma (Kitov Pharma Ltd.; NASDAQ/TASE: KTOV) is a clinical-stage company advancing first-in-class therapies to overcome tumor immune evasion and drug resistance, to create successful long-lasting treatments for people with cancer. Kitov’s oncology pipeline includes NT-219, a small molecule targeting the novel cancer drug resistance pathways IRS1/2 and STAT3. Kitov is currently advancing NT-219 in combination with cetuximab as a third-line or second-line treatment option for the treatment of recurrent and metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of head & neck cancer (SCCHN). Kitov is also under contract to acquire 100% of FameWave Ltd. which owns CM-24, a monoclonal antibody blocking CEACAM1, a novel immune checkpoint that supports tumor immune evasion and survival through multiple pathways. Kitov will advance CM-24 as a combination therapy with anti-PD1 checkpoint inhibitors for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Following the receipt of the approval of Kitov’s shareholders for the acquisition of FameWave, and the finalization of a clinical collaboration agreement between FameWave and Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) for the planned Phase 1/2 clinical trials to evaluate the combination of CM-24 with the PD-1 inhibitor nivolumab (Opdivo®), the acquisition is expected to close during 2019, subject to fulfillment of certain additional closing conditions. Consensi, a fixed-dose combination of celecoxib and amlodipine besylate, for the simultaneous treatment of osteoarthritis pain and hypertension was approved by the FDA for marketing in the U.S in May 2018 and is expected to be launched in the U.S. by early 2020 by its partner Coeptis Pharmaceuticals. Kitov has also partnered to commercialize Consensi in China and South Korea. The company is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information, please visit http://www.kitovpharma.com.

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Investor Contact
Gil Efron
Deputy & Chief Financial Officer 
IR@kitovpharma.com 
+972-3-933-3121 ext. #105 

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