EWING, NJ, December 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Antares Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATRS) (the “Company”), a specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced the divestiture of OTREXUP® (methotrexate) injection for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis at a subsidiary of Assertio Holdings, Inc., a commercial pharmaceutical company, for a total cash consideration of $ 44.0 million, including OTREXUP® WIP and finished inventory. Under the asset purchase agreement, Antares will receive an upfront payment of $ 18.0 million at closing, plus two additional time-based payments totaling $ 26.0 million in 2022.
Robert F. Apple, President and CEO of Antares Pharma, said, “We are delighted to be able to sell OTREXUP to a commercial pharmaceutical company that is committed to maintaining the product’s accessibility to patients and physicians. OTREXUP was the first combination product developed and commercially launched by Antares in 2014. Patients and physicians continue to benefit from the safety, efficacy and ease of use of OTREXUP for rheumatoid arthritis, but like us we are focusing on our long term strategy, rheumatology does represent a future engine of growth. This transaction allows Antares to align our exclusive portfolio with urology and endocrinology call points as we remain focused on enhancing our growth with XYOSTED, NOCDURNA and the planned launch of TLANDO next year. Our development pipeline also includes two potential new combination products, ATRS-1901 and ATRS-1902, in endocrinology and urology. We look forward to maximizing the efficiency of our sales organization as we strengthen our balance sheet to support our growth initiatives. “
“Our sales force is delighted to be able to prioritize its targeting of physicians, as OTREXUP was previously maintained in the portfolio with rheumatologists, a non-essential point of call. This divestiture allows the Company to streamline our sales and marketing efforts which we believe will increase our growth opportunities for our exclusive portfolio with XYOSTED, NOCDURNA and TLANDO next year. We expect our increased focus to support the expected success of an expanding business organization as we strengthen our relationships with urologists and endocrinologists, ”added Joseph Renda, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Antares Pharma.
About Antarès Pharma
Antares Pharma, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development and commercialization of self-administered injectable pharmaceutical products using advanced automatic drug injection technology. The Company has a portfolio of proprietary and partnered commercial products with several product candidates at various stages of development, as well as significant strategic alliances with leading pharmaceutical companies, including Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. (Teva), AMAG Pharmaceuticals (AMAG), Pfizer Inc. (Pfizer) and Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Idorsia). Antares Pharma FDA Approved Products Include XYOSTED® (testosterone enanthate) and Sumatriptan Injection USP, which is distributed by Teva. The Company also markets NOCDURNA® (desmopressin acetate) in the United States and plans to launch TLANDO commercially® (testosterone undecanoate) in the United States pending final FDA approval.
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