Patient Compliance: an Interview With Innovus Pharma CEO Damaj Outlines Worldwide Growth Plans for the Company

LA JOLLA, Calif., May 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., ("Innovus Pharma") (OTCBB:INNV), today announced that Dr. Bassam Damaj, Chief Executive Officer, was recently interviewed by News-Medical.Net medical information service. The interview is available at:

Damaj gave an expert opinion on patient compliance and its impact on effectiveness and safety of medications. He also described the unique features of Innovus products which ensure and enhance patient compliance, his plans for Innovus since he became CEO in January, 2013, and his previous experience.

Damaj noted that compliance adherence to medication has been a growing issue in the medical field and has led Innovus to focus on patient compliance, which results in improved clinical benefit.

Examples include the Innovus portfolio of dermatology products that are specifically designed to help patients achieve better compliance such as Zytopic for the treatment of atopic dermatitis. The active ingredient in Zytopic is triamcinolone acetonite, a steroid which has been available for many years. "Innovus is marketing it in a unique, kit format," Damaj said.

The kit contains a soap-free cleanser to help remove dead skin and open up the pores; Zytopic, the active product; and a long-lasting moisturizer. Atopic dermatitis results in itching, scratching and peeling. Damaj added, "The Innovus kit enables the patient to clean the skin, remove dead skin and open the pores, followed by application of the active drug, which can lead to greater efficacy and then the moisturizer to help reduce recurrence of itching."

Damaj noted that he specializes in finding neglected opportunities in the pharmaceutical market, a skill that will help him to build the commercial pipeline at Innovus, as he has done at other companies. "Innovus has built a commercial pipeline that will allow the company to execute partnerships and start generating revenues for the company," he added.

Damaj anticipates over the next three to five years, the Innovus product line will specialize in treatments for diseases in sexual dysfunction, dermatology, respiratory illness, and inflammation and pain areas, which are large markets and in which the number of patients is on the rise.

Innovus will continue to focus on building commercial partnerships for its products in order to start generating revenues on a worldwide basis, with its main goal of listing the company on NASDAQ in 2014.

Damaj was appointed President & CEO of Innovus on January 22, 2013. Before joining Innovus Pharma, he was President & Chief Executive Officer of Apricus Biosciences, Inc. from December, 2009 until November, 2012.

At Apricus Bio, Dr. Damaj was responsible for the approval of its lead drug Vitaros, a treatment for erectile dysfunction. Dr. Damaj also signed multimillion dollar partnerships between Apricus Bio and leading pharmaceutical companies such as Abbott, Novartis-Sandoz and Takeda.

At Apricus Bio, he successfully designed and executed on a business plan that resurrected the Company, its technology platform and its products, and grew the company to over $100M in market capitalization.

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