Miraculins Announces Details of London Drugs PreVu(R) Launch
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/11/12 -- Miraculins Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MOM), a medical diagnostic company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing diagnostic tests and risk assessment technologies for unmet clinical needs; London Drugs, one of Canada's leading pharmacy chains; and Pear Healthcare Solutions, a leading provider of in-pharmacy health screening and educational services, today announce further details surrounding the retail pharmacy launch of the PreVu® Non-Invasive Skin Cholesterol Point of Care (POC) Test in London Drugs locations in Western Canada this fall.
"We are pleased to confirm that we will be launching the PreVu® POC Test in eleven of our stores, with ten being located in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, and another store now being added in Winnipeg," said John Tse, Vice President, Pharmacy for London Drugs. "This includes our prestigious, brand new Olympic Village store, which is located in the previous home of the Canadian National Olympic Committee and the Athletes' Multimedia Centre for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games." (A complete list of participating stores follows.)
The dates for the launch program will be Monday, October 29th with 6 of the stores participating, and Thursday, November 1st with the remaining 5 stores participating. Customers can call their pharmacists or visit participating stores to book an appointment. The PreVu POC Test will be made available for a special introductory price of $19.99 and will be performed in-store by London Drugs pharmacists. The test can be conducted in less than 5 minutes, with the results being readily available for a next-steps discussion.
"Since announcing the launch, London Drugs, Pear Healthcare and Miraculins team members have been working diligently to prepare for this important commercial introduction of PreVu® in Canada," said Paul Moreau, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Miraculins Inc. "The launch will be pre-promoted in the regions through in-store and community advertising and public relations. Additionally, we are reaching out to doctors with a special information package being sent to over 3,600 physicians in advance so they can review the PreVu science and technology prior to the London Drugs premiere."
It is anticipated that many members of the general public, and especially those who experience the PreVu test in-store, will want to talk to their healthcare provider about the test and their heart health overall, and an elevated awareness throughout the launch communities is intended to help facilitate such conversations. Based upon a patient's PreVu test results, additional risk assessment under their healthcare provider's direction may also be warranted, or should be considered. The PreVu POC Test does not diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD), but without blood draw or fasting it can quickly identify individuals who may possess hidden, higher levels of risk of CAD by measuring their skin cholesterol levels. Clinical studies have shown that elevated skin cholesterol is strongly associated with serious atherosclerotic disease(i).
Following the launch, London Drugs will have an option to expand the PreVu POC Test into all 75 London Drugs stores. London Drugs operations extend from British Columbia to Manitoba, and the subsequent introduction of PreVu throughout its full network of stores - anticipated to begin in early 2013 - would be associated with a period of market exclusivity for London Drugs in delivering the technology through its retail pharmacy platform into the Western Canadian marketplace.
PreVu® Launch - Participating London Drugs Stores
Monday, October 29th Thursday, November 1st North Vancouver - North Vancouver West Vancouver - Park Royal North Store Store 2032 Lonsdale Avenue 875 Park Royal North North Vancouver, British Columbia West Vancouver, British Columbia Ph. 604.448.4805 Ph. 604.926.9616 Vancouver - Broadway & Vine Store Vancouver - West Broadway Store 2230 West Broadway 525 West Broadway Vancouver, British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia Ph. 604.742.6000 Ph. 604.872.5177 Vancouver - Granville & Georgia Store Vancouver - Olympic Village Store 710 Granville Street 1622 Salt Street Vancouver, British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia Ph. 604.685.5292 Ph. 604.707.2030 Burnaby - Brentwood Town Centre Store Vancouver - Kerrisdale Store 400 - 4567 Lougheed Highway 2091 W 42nd Avenue Burnaby, British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia Ph. 604.570.0252 Ph. 604.263.1811 Burnaby - Lougheed Town Centre Store Burnaby - Kingsway Plaza Store 101 - 9855 Austin Avenue 4970 Kingsway Avenue Burnaby, British Columbia Burnaby, British Columbia Ph. 604.444.2222 Ph. 604.437.9621 Winnipeg - St. Vital Store #23C - 1225 St. Mary's Road Winnipeg, Manitoba Ph. 204.253.2696(i)PreVu clinical study references can be sourced at www.prevu.com.
About The PreVu® Non-Invasive Skin Cholesterol Test
The PreVu® Point of Care (POC) Test is a non-invasive, risk assessment technology designed to measure Skin Cholesterol - an important new biomarker in assessing risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). The PreVu® POC Test is completely painless, non-invasive, involves no blood draw or needles, and requires no overnight fasting. This in vitro diagnostic test is conducted on the palm of the hand in less than 5 minutes with results being immediately available, facilitating point of care consultation and a next steps discussion. Skin Cholesterol is the cholesterol that has been deposited and diffused into tissue, as opposed to freely circulating in the bloodstream, and the skin contains approximately 11% of all the cholesterol found in the human body. Elevated Skin Cholesterol has been shown in clinical studies to be strongly associated with significant CAD as measured by treadmill stress testing and coronary angiography, as well as measured by testing for coronary calcium, carotid artery thickening, and carotid artery plaque. The PreVu POC Test does not diagnose the presence or absence of CAD, but helps to identify patients who may be at higher, hidden risk for CAD by measuring this new biomarker. For more information visit www.prevu.com.
About Miraculins Inc.
Miraculins is a medical diagnostic company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing non-invasive tests for unmet clinical needs. A significant number of promising diagnostic opportunities remain un-commercialized because of the sizable gap between the discovery stage, when research institutions are typically involved, and the commercialization stage, when the larger commercial enterprises become interested. Miraculins has direct experience in bridging this gap. The Company's PreVu® technology is a revolutionary new coronary artery disease risk assessment technology that measures cholesterol levels in a patient's skin non-invasively, painlessly and without the need for fasting. Miraculins is also advancing a suite of biomarkers to aid in the early detection of the devastating disease of pregnancy known as preeclampsia. The Company's preeclampsia program is partnered with Alere Inc., one of the world's largest diagnostic companies. For more information visit www.miraculins.com.
About London Drugs
Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs has 76 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including its online store www.londondrugs.com. London Drugs offers consumers a range of products from digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 7,500 people with pharmacy and health care services being the heart of its business. Committed to innovation and superior customer service, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring company and continues to position itself for future growth and development.
About Pear Healthcare Solutions
Pear Healthcare Solutions is a privately held company specializing in the development and implementation of programs to address the evolving needs of pharmacists in their expanding role of providing healthcare and disease management services. Pear Healthcare Solutions offers a number of innovative medical devices and professional education programs that help pharmacies connect with their patients, improving their health and wellness. Pear provides distribution, training and support/education services. For more information visit www.pearhealthcare.com.
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PreVu® is a registered trademark of Miraculins Inc. All Rights Reserved. 2012.
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Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Christopher J. Moreau
President and CEO
Source: Marketwire (October 11, 2012 - 7:00 AM EDT)