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Cardiome Announces Update in Commercialization Partnership for BRINAVESS™ in Select European Markets

VANCOUVER, February 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --


Cardiome Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ: CRME / TSX: COM) today announced that pursuant to its agreement of July 2013, the company has begun shipping BRINAVESS™ (vernakalant intravenous) to AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals AG, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, now making the product available to physicians and patients in Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia and Romania. AOP Orphan will actively call on customers in these additional markets to promote BRINAVESS™.

"Making BRINAVESS available in significant Central/Eastern European markets is an important milestone in our agreement with AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals. We are pleased that AOP Orphan has expeditiously obtained the necessary registrations to make the product available in these countries," said Karim Lalji, Chief Commercial Officer for Cardiome. "AOP Orphan has already begun successful commercialization of BRINAVESS in Austria and we look forward to continuing success in these additional markets."

"We are pleased to execute on the commercialization of BRINAVESS in key Central/Eastern European markets." said Rudolf Widmann, Ph. D., CEO of AOP Orphan. "The synergies that exist between BRINAVESS and our cardiovascular franchise have enabled us to rapidly build on our existing customer base by offering a complementary product and developing new customer relationships which are significant to our future growth."

About Cardiome Pharma Corp.
Cardiome Pharma Corp. is a specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of cardiovascular therapies that will improve the quality of life and health of patients suffering from heart disease. Cardiome has two marketed, in-hospital, cardiology products, BRINAVESS™ (vernakalant IV), approved in Europe and other territories for the rapid conversion of recent onset atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm in adults, and AGGRASTAT® (tirofiban HCl) a reversible GP IIb/IIIa inhibitor indicated for use in Acute Coronary Syndrome patients.

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

About AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals AG
AOP Orphan is a multinational Austrian company with a strong focus on clinical research, development and commercialization of medicines for rare and complex diseases. Supplying patients and medical specialists with such medications requires the provision of extended services. Big global companies encounter frequent problems in serving such market segments optimally, a fact reflected in the rapid growth of AOP Orphan as we provide individualized and customized services to meet and accommodate for the needs of physicians and patients. AOP Orphan provides its services across all Central Europe, Middle East & Asia. Currently AOP Orphan is concentrating on orphan and complex diseases in hematology / oncology, cardiology, pulmonology, intensive care medicine, neurology and psychiatry.

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SOURCE: Cardiome Pharma Corp.

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