Cipher Pharmaceuticals announces acceptance of 510(k) submission for Dermadexin™ by FDA

- Acceptance marks first regulatory filing with FDA since Absorica® in 2011 -

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CPHR; TSX:CPH) ("Cipher" or "the Company") today announced that it has received an Acceptance Review Notification for its 510(k) submission for Dermadexin™ to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration ("FDA").  The Notification confirms that the submission contains all of the necessary elements and information needed to proceed with the substantive review. Dermadexin™ is a patent-protected topical barrier-repair cream, targeting seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammatory skin disorder affecting the scalp, face, and torso, and contains the ingredient P3GCM.

Earlier this year, Cipher acquired the worldwide rights to Dermadexin™ and Pruridexin™, two late stage products, as well as ASF-1096, a product candidate in phase II, from Astion Pharma. All three products are focused on inflammatory dermatological diseases.

"The acceptance of our Dermadexin™ submission marks Cipher's first regulatory filing with the FDA since Absorica® in 2011," saidShawn Patrick O'Brien, President and CEO, Cipher Pharmaceuticals. "A key component of our strategy is to expand our U.S. portfolio of commercialized products and leverage our strong U.S. commercialization capability to accelerate growth.  In addition to Dermadexin™, we are planning a 510(k) submission to the FDA for Pruridexin™ in the coming weeks. Each of these products represents an excellent opportunity to target common, chronic conditions that are insufficiently addressed today."

Dermadexin™ was approved in the European Union (EU) in 2014 as a Class III medical device for the alleviation of symptoms of facial dermatitis such as redness, scaling and itching.

About Seborrheic Dermatitis

The term seborrheic dermatitis relates to the distribution of skin lesions in areas rich in sebaceous glands, such as the scalp, face, and upper trunk. Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic, relapsing form of dermatitis characterized by red lesions covered with greasy-looking yellowish scales. It may be accompanied by pruritus as well as stinging and burning sensations of the skin. Seborrheic dermatitis is most commonly located in the nasolabial folds, the eyebrows and glabella as well as the scalp. Lesions are less commonly located in the presternal and interscapular regions and the flexures. Dandruff is a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp with minimal inflammation. The diagnosis of seborrheic dermatitis is usually made clinically, based on the appearance and location of the lesions.

About Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Cipher Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CPHR; TSX:CPH) is a rapidly growing specialty pharmaceutical dermatology company with a diversified portfolio of commercial-stage products with the goal of becoming the most customer-centric dermatology company in North America.

Cipher has completed seven transactions in 2015, including the acquisition of Innocutis and its seven branded dermatology products, to build its U.S. commercial presence, expand its Canadian dermatology franchise and broaden its pipeline. Cipher is well-capitalized to drive long-term, sustained earnings growth by leveraging its proven clinical development capabilities and efficient commercial execution. For more information, visit

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