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Sucampo to Present Data on AMITIZA(R) (Lubiprostone) in Opioid-Induced Constipation at 24th Annual AAPM Meeting

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BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:SCMP) ("Sucampo") today announced the poster presentation of data evaluating the long-term safety of AMITIZA® (lubiprostone) as a treatment for adults with chronic, non-cancer pain suffering from opioid-induced constipation (OIC). This poster presentation demonstrates that AMITIZA does not affect opioid-induced analgesia, was well-tolerated, and resulted in overall improvement in symptoms in OIC patients. Sucampo will present this data at the 24th Annual Clinical Meeting for the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) in Orlando, Florida on Friday, September 27, 2013.

AMITIZA is the world's first chloride channel activator that increases intestinal fluid secretion, softens stools and increases motility in the intestine, thereby facilitating the passage of stool and alleviating symptoms associated with chronic constipation. Based on the data to be presented, in treating OIC, AMITIZA does not interfere with the analgesic effect of opioids in adult patients.

"As a ClC-2 channel activator, AMITIZA has a unique method of action in treating OIC, which is one of the most common adverse effects of chronic opioid use. These clinical data to be presented at AAPM demonstrate that AMITIZA can have an impact on OIC without affecting opioid analgesia," said Ryuji Ueno, M.D., Ph.D., Ph.D., Chairman, Chief Scientific Officer, and Chief Executive Officer of Sucampo. "We are pleased to be able to share these data with physicians involved in the management of patients with chronic pain."

The following poster will be presented by Taryn Joswick, Vice President of Clinical Development for Sucampo, during the Poster Session at the 24th Annual Clinical Meeting for the AAPM on Friday, September 27, between 1:45p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EDT:

  • Lubiprostone Does not Affect Analgesia in OIC Patients
  • Taryn Joswick, BS, PMP, Egilius L. H. Spierings, MD, PhD, Elizabeth Linder, Ryuji Ueno, MD, PhD, PhD, Poster 18

Additional information about the AAPM's 24th Annual Clinical Meeting can be found at http://www.aapainmanage.org/conference/annual-clinical-meeting/.

About AMITIZA

AMITIZA (lubiprostone) capsules are indicated for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) in adults and OIC in adults with chronic, non-cancer pain (24 mcg twice daily). The effectiveness in patients with OIC taking diphenylheptane opioids (e.g., methadone) has not been established. AMITIZA is also indicated for irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in women > 18 years old (8 mcg twice daily).

Important Safety Information

  • AMITIZA (lubiprostone) is contraindicated in patients with known or suspected mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction. Patients with symptoms suggestive of mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction should be thoroughly evaluated by the treating healthcare provider (HCP) to confirm the absence of such an obstruction prior to initiating AMITIZA treatment.
  • Patients taking AMITIZA may experience nausea. If this occurs, concomitant administration of food with AMITIZA may reduce symptoms of nausea. Patients who experience severe nausea should inform their HCP.
  • AMITIZA should not be prescribed to patients that have severe diarrhea. Patients should be aware of the possible occurrence of diarrhea during treatment. Patients should be instructed to discontinue AMITIZA and inform their HCP if severe diarrhea occurs.
  • Patients taking AMITIZA may experience dyspnea within an hour of first dose. This symptom generally resolves within three hours, but may recur with repeat dosing. Patients who experience dyspnea should inform their HCP. Some patients have discontinued therapy because of dyspnea.
  • In clinical trials of AMITIZA (24 mcg twice daily vs placebo; N=1113 vs N=316, respectively) in patients with CIC, the most common adverse reactions (incidence > 4%) were nausea (29% vs 3%), diarrhea (12% vs <1%), headache (11% vs 5%), abdominal pain (8% vs 3%), abdominal distension (6% vs 2%), and flatulence (6% vs 2%).
  • In clinical trials of AMITIZA (24 mcg twice daily vs. placebo; N=860 vs. N=632) in patients with OIC, the most common adverse reactions (incidence >4%) were nausea (11% vs 5%) and diarrhea (8% vs 2%).
  • In clinical trials of AMITIZA (8 mcg twice daily vs. placebo; N=1011 vs. N=435, respectively) in patients with IBS-C the most common adverse reactions (incidence > 4%) were nausea (8% vs 4%), diarrhea (7% vs 4%), and abdominal pain (5% vs 5%).
  • Concomitant use of diphenylheptane opioids (e.g., methadone) may interfere with the efficacy of AMITIZA.
  • The safety of AMITIZA in pregnancy has not been evaluated in humans. Based on animal data, AMITIZA may cause fetal harm. AMITIZA should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Caution should be exercised when AMITIZA is administered to a nursing woman. Advise nursing women to monitor infants for diarrhea.
  • Reduce the dosage in CIC and OIC patients with moderate and severe hepatic impairment. Reduce the dosage in IBS-C patients with severe hepatic impairment.

For further information, please visit www.sucampo.com/products for complete Prescribing Information.

About Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on innovative research, discovery, development and commercialization of proprietary drugs based on prostones. The therapeutic potential of prostones was first discovered by Ryuji Ueno, M.D., Ph.D., Ph.D., Sucampo's Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Scientific Officer, and co-founder. Prostones, naturally occurring fatty acid metabolites that have emerged as promising compounds with unique physiological activities, can be targeted for the treatment of unmet or underserved medical needs. For more information, please visit www.sucampo.com.

The Sucampo logo and the tagline, The Science of Innovation, are registered trademarks of Sucampo AG.

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