Cardiome Announces the Transfer of European Marketing Authorization from Merck

Cardiome Announces the Transfer of European Marketing Authorization from Merck

PR Newswire

VANCOUVER, June 27, 2013


VANCOUVER, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/  - Cardiome Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ:  CRME) 
(TSX:  COM)  today  announced  adoption  of  the  decision  by  the  European 
Commission of the transfer  of the centrally-approved marketing  authorisation 
(MA) for BRINAVESS™ (vernakalant intravenous) from Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited
to Cardiome. The decision marks  Cardiome's assumption of responsibilities  as 
the new  marketing authorization  holder (MAH)  for BRINAVESS™  in the  member 
states of  the  European Union.  Cardiome  and  Merck will  continue  to  work 
together until September 15, 2013  to finalize the organizational  arrangement 
for transfer of all responsibilities, including batch release, and operational
management of SPECTRUM, the post-approval safety study.

"The transfer of  the European  marketing authorization to  Cardiome marks  an 
important milestone  in the  company's history,"  said William  Hunter,  M.D., 
Cardiome's president and CEO.  "Cardiome now assumes full  control of all  key 
commercialization activities for BRINAVESS™  in the European  Union and as  of 
July 1^st, will begin realizing the benefit from worldwide product revenues."

A transfer of  marketing authorization  is the procedure  by which  the MA  is 
transferred from the  currently approved marketing  authorization holder to  a 
new MAH which  is a  different person/legal entity.^1  The MAH  is allowed  to 
market  medicines  and   make  it   available  to   patients  and   healthcare 
professionals throughout the European Union when the product is registered via
the centralized procedure.

About Cardiome Pharma Corp.
Cardiome Pharma Corp. is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the
discovery, development and commercialization of new therapies that will
improve the health of patients around the world. Cardiome has one marketed
product, BRINAVESS™ (vernakalant IV), approved in Europe and other territories
for the rapid conversion of recent onset atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm
in adults.

Cardiome is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market (CRME) and the Toronto Stock
Exchange (COM). For more information, please visit our web site at


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SOURCE Cardiome Pharma Corp.


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