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Designated Territories will include Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
CH Trading Group will continue the process to expand commercialization of ZTlido® in Middle East and North Africa markets and has the opportunity to distribute across the broader Islamic world and further expand the relationship for other products in Scilex’s non-opioid pain portfolio.
PALO ALTO, Calif., May 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Scilex Holding Company (Nasdaq: SCLX, “Scilex”), a majority-owned subsidiary of Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (OTC: SRNEQ), an innovative revenue-generating company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing non-opioid pain management products for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, announced a master distributor agreement with Farouk, Maamoun Tamer & Co. for the distribution of ZTlido® in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
ZTlido® is a lidocaine topical system approved for the relief of neuropathic pain associated with post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). ZTlido® was strategically designed to address the limitations of current prescription lidocaine patches by providing significantly improved adhesion and continuous pain relief throughout the 12-hour administration period.
“We are pleased to announce the master distributor agreement with Scilex to bring to the people of KSA a non-opioid alternative for pain management due to the risk of addiction associated with the prolonged use of prescription opioids,” said Dr. Yasser Khattab, Chief Executive Officer of Tamer Healthcare.
“We aim to be vertically integrated, including having the ability to conduct future research & development in tandem with partner companies such as Scilex,” added Dr. Ahmed Mousa, Business Development Head at Tamer Healthcare.
“This agreement represents another critical milestone towards bringing our innovative non-opioid pain management medicines to people around the world,” said Jaisim Shah, President and Chief Executive Officer of Scilex.
About Scilex Holding Company
Scilex Holding Company is an innovative revenue-generating company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing non-opioid pain management products for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Scilex is uncompromising in its focus to become the global pain management leader committed to social, environmental, economic, and ethical principles to responsibly develop pharmaceutical products to maximize quality of life. Results from the Phase III Pivotal Trial C.L.E.A.R. Program for SEMDEXATM, its novel, non-opioid product for the treatment of lumbosacral radicular pain (sciatica), were announced in March 2022. Scilex submitted a request to the FDA for a type C meeting for purposes of pre-NDA discussion with the FDA. Scilex targets indications with high unmet needs and large market opportunities with non-opioid therapies for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe pain. Scilex launched its first commercial product ZTlido® in October 2018, in-licensed a commercial product Gloperba® in June 2022, and launched its third FDA-approved product ElyxybTM in April 2023. It is also developing its late-stage pipeline, which includes a pivotal Phase 3 candidate, and one Phase 2 and one Phase 1 candidate. Its commercial product, ZTlido® (lidocaine topical system) 1.8%, or ZTlido®, is a prescription lidocaine topical product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the relief of pain associated with post-herpetic neuralgia, which is a form of post-shingles nerve pain. Scilex in-licensed the exclusive right to commercialize Gloperba® (colchicine USP) oral solution, an FDA-approved prophylactic treatment for painful gout flares in adults, in the U.S. Scilex in-licensed the exclusive rights to commercialize ElyxybTM (celecoxib oral solution) in the U.S. and Canada, the only FDA-approved ready-to-use oral solution for the acute treatment of migraine, with or without aura, in adults. Scilex launched ElyxybTM in April 2023 and is planning to commercialize Gloperba® in the fourth quarter of 2023 and is well-positioned to market and distribute those products. Scilex’s three product candidates are SP-102 (injectable dexamethasone sodium phosphate viscous gel product containing 10 mg dexamethasone), or SEMDEXA™, a Phase 3, novel, viscous gel formulation of a widely used corticosteroid for epidural injections to treat lumbosacral radicular pain, or sciatica, with FDA Fast Track status; SP-103 (lidocaine topical system) 5.4%, a Phase 2 study, triple-strength formulation of ZTlido®, for the treatment of acute low back pain, with FDA Fast Track status; and SP-104, 4.5 mg Delayed Burst Release Low Dose Naltrexone Hydrochloride (DBR-LDN) Capsule, for the treatment of chronic pain, fibromyalgia that has completed multiple Phase 1 trial programs and is expected to initiate Phase 2 trials in 2023. For further information regarding the SP-102 Phase 3 efficacy trial, see NCT identifier NCT03372161 – Corticosteroid Lumbar Epidural Analgesia for Radiculopathy – Full Text View – ClinicalTrials.gov.
Scilex Holding Company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
About CH Trading Group
CH Trading Group LLC (“CH Trading Group”) is part of the CH Group family of companies (www.chgroupus.com). CH Trading Group constitutes a diversified conglomerate targeting eight economic ”Sectors”: healthcare, pharmaceuticals, food, finance, cosmetics, tourism, fashion, media/entertainment. Spanning a variety of multi-national products, services and solutions, its world mission involves connecting, developing, and promoting, from Local to Global™ and throughout the world, all aspects of a wholesome, healthy, and productive lifestyle.
CH Trading focuses on international import/export and trade, prioritizing the countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), as well as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Regions. It has responded to worldwide demands for identifying and securing supply chains by introducing innovative products, including from the US, and developing a robust distribution network for goods.
About Farouk, Maamoun Tamer & Co.
Founded in 1922, Tamer Group is a family-run business and a leading healthcare and wellness group serving the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Middle East and North African region.
The source of the Group’s resilience lies in the decision to consistently operate from its core purpose, creating shared value and fostering progress for people within the organization, communities, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and beyond.
Tamer’s success is also due to the positive regulatory climate of the Kingdom and the ambitious and transformative socio-economic project of Vision 2030.
For more information, please visit: https://tamergroup.com/group
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