Winhealth replaces Harbin Gloria in Cumberland licensing deal



U.S.-based Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc., has entered into an agreement with Winhealth Pharma Group to market Cumberland's Acetadote (acetylcysteine) and Caldolor (ibuprofen) in China. The deal comes after Harbin Gloria Pharmaceuticals failed to receive regulatory approval to market the drugs as part of a similar arrangement signed in 2012, as GBI reported.

Under the agreement, Winhealth will be responsible for regulatory affairs, marketing, distribution, and sales, while Cumberland will receive licensing payments, future royalties, and an upfront USD 2 million payment, with hopes of making USD 290 million in revenues during the first 10 years of the deal. Winhealth CEO Jack Wang commented that the company has experience working with other foreign companies such as Pfizer and Roche, and estimated that the drugs will be approved in two or three years thanks to China’s recent regulatory reforms.

Acetadote is a treatment for liver damage resulting from acetaminophen overdose, while Caldolor is used to treat pain and fever in the hospital setting.

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