MEDICURE ANNOUNCES CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING
WINNIPEG, Manitoba â€“ (March 4, 2008) Medicure Inc. (TSX:MPH; Amex:MCU), a cardiovascular focused biopharmaceutical company, today announced a restructuring plan that will see the organization eliminate approximately 50 employees and full-time consultants over the next month. The Company anticipates that further reductions may occur over the next several months.
These changes follow the Companyâ€™s announcement that it does not plan on submitting an application for MC-1 marketing approval to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the CABG indication at this time. This decision was based on an analysis of the data from its pivotal phase 3 MEND-CABG II clinical trial that showed that it did not meet the primary endpoint. The trial was designed to evaluate the effect of Medicureâ€™s lead product MC-1, versus placebo, on the incidence of cardiovascular death or nonfatal myocardial infarction up to and including 30 days following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.
As a result of the restructuring announced today, the Company now expects the cash position will be sufficient to fund operations into the first quarter of fiscal 2009. The Company is currently exploring alternatives for strengthening its financial position and will provide additional guidance as appropriate.
The Companyâ€™s near term focus will be on its commercial asset AGGRASTATÂ® and the development of MC-1 for chronic cardiovascular and metabolic disease.
â€We would like to thank our employees for their dedication and hard work. We have made a very difficult decision to downsize the organization in order to minimize our burn rate, extend our working capital and focus on AGGRASTAT and other possible applications of MC-1,â€ commented Medicureâ€™s President and CEO, Albert Friesen, PhD.
The Company also announced the retirement of Mr. Jan-Ake Westin as Medicureâ€™s Vice President, Clinical Development.
â€œWe would also like to thank Jan-Ake for his leadership and efforts in managing the Companyâ€™s clinical program.â€ stated Dr. Friesen.
About Medicure Inc.
Medicure Inc is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel compounds to treat cardiovascular disorders .
Cardiovascular medicine represents the largest pharmaceutical sector, with annual global sales of over US $70 billion. Medicure aims to make a global impact on cardiovascular disease and stroke by reducing deaths, improving the quality of life and serving the unmet needs of people who suffer from cardiovascular disease and stroke.
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