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Sucampo to Present Data on AMITIZA(R) (lubiprostone) in Chronic Idiopathic Constipation at Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of Gastroenterology

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BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sucampo AG ("SAG"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:SCMP) ("Sucampo"), announced today that it will present four posters evaluating the overall efficacy and tolerability of AMITIZA® (lubiprostone) as a treatment for chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC). These posters contain data demonstrating the efficacy and tolerability of AMITIZA regardless of age, gender, and race, a pooled analysis of the most frequent adverse events associated with AMITIZA, and an evaluation of the efficacy of AMITIZA in patients suffering from refractory constipation. Sucampo will present these data during the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of Gastroenterology in Basel, Switzerland on Friday, September 13, 2013.

"AMITIZA has been proven to be effective in treating a wide range of patients suffering from CIC," said Ryuji Ueno, MD, PhD, PhD, SAG's President and Chief Scientific Officer. "We are excited to present these data on AMITIZA, the world's first chloride channel activator, to gastroenterologists in Switzerland."

AMITIZA increases intestinal fluid secretion, softens stools and increases motility in the intestine, thereby facilitating the passage of stool and alleviating symptoms associated with CIC.

The following posters will be presented between 1:30-2:00 p.m. CEST (7:30-8:00 a.m. ET) at the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of Gastroenterology at the Basel Congress Center in Basel, Switzerland on Friday, September 13, 2013:

  • Long-Term Efficacy of Lubiprostone Demonstrated in Patients with Constipation Regardless of Age, Gender or Race
  • Taryn R. Joswick, BS, PMP, Gayle R. Dolecek, PD, MPH, Peter Lichtlen MD, PhD, Ryuji Ueno, MD, PhD, PhD, Poster G9
  • Lubiprostone Treatment Improves Constipation and Related Symptoms in Patients Refractory to Other Constipation Therapies
  • Taryn R. Joswick, BS, PMP, Raymond M. Panas, PhD, Peter Lichtlen MD, PhD, Ryuji Ueno, MD, PhD, PhD, Poster G10
  • Lubiprostone Demonstrates Efficacy in Adult Patients with Constipation Regardless of Age, Gender or Race
  • Taryn Joswick, BS, PMP, Gayle R. Dolecek, PD, MPH, Raymond M. Panas PhD, Ryuji Ueno, MD, PhD, PhD, Poster G11
  • Pooled Analysis of the Most Frequent Adverse Events Associated with the Use of Lubiprostone
  • Taryn R. Joswick, BS, PMP, Gayle R. Dolecek, PD, MPH, Ryuji Ueno, MD, PhD, PhD, Poster G12

Sucampo will also be present in the exhibition hall with a booth located at E38.

Additional information about the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of Gastroenterology can be found at http://www.sgg-sgvc-congress.ch/.

About AMITIZA

AMITIZA (lubiprostone) capsules are indicated in Switzerland for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) in adults aged 18 and above. Sucampo began active commercialization of AMITIZA in Switzerland for CIC in the second quarter of 2013.

Short Prescribing Information (Switzerland)

Before prescribing AMITIZA please consult the full Prescribing Information (www.swissmedicinfo.ch). Composition: Soft capsule, 24 µg lubiprostone. Indication: treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation in adults aged 18 and above. Dosage: One 24 µg capsule should be taken twice daily with food. The need for continued therapy must be assessed at regular intervals by stopping treatment. Contraindication: must not be used for patients with a medical history of known or suspected mechanical gastrointestinal obstructions or with known oversensitivity to the active ingredient or one of the excipients. Precaution: Patients may experience nausea. If this occurs, concomitant administration of food may reduce symptoms. AMITIZA should not be prescribed to patients that have severe diarrhoea. Patients should be aware of the possible occurrence of diarrhoea during treatment and inform their health care provider if diarrhoea becomes severe. No dosage adjustment is required for patients with mild hepatic impairment. For patients with moderate to severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh classification B or C), the initial dosage should be decreased to 24 micrograms (1 capsule once a day with breakfast or supper). If the initial dose is tolerated and an adequate response has not been obtained after an appropriate interval, the dose can be increased to full dosing (one capsule twice daily) with appropriate monitoring of patient response. Patients may experience dyspnea within an hour of first dose. This symptom generally resolves within hours, but may recur with repeat dosing. Patients who experience dyspnea should inform their doctor. Interaction: It is unlikely that lubiprostone will cause interactions with other medications. Pregnancy and lactation: AMITIZA should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Breast-feeding during use of AMITIZA is not recommended. Side effects: Most common in clinical studies (in over 10% of patients) were nausea, diarrhoea and headaches. Other side effects (in over 1% of patients) were abdominal pain, abdominal distension, flatulence, vomiting, dizziness, peripheral oedema, fatigue, chest discomfort or pain, dyspnea, abdominal discomfort, dyspepsia, and dry mouth. Although dyspnea is not classified as severe, some patients discontinued treatment. Packaging: Soft capsules in HDPE bottles of 56 (B) with seal and rayon filler. State of information: May 2013. Sucampo AG, Zug.

About Sucampo

Sucampo AG, based in Zug, Switzerland, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 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.

Sucampo Forward-Looking Statement

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