"Today, GlaxoSmithKline and Auxilium have forged a collaboration to expand our reach to U.S. physicians who treat men with low testosterone and its resulting symptoms, known as hypogonadism, which we believe is a prevalent, but poorly recognized condition," said Adrian Adams, Chief Executive Officer and President of Auxilium. "While the Auxilium sales force has consistently performed well in an increasingly competitive environment, adding the strength and breadth of GSK's U.S. commercialization organization will further enhance our sales efforts with U.S. physicians who treat this condition."
"Urology remains one of GSK's key therapeutic areas, and our sales professionals are well positioned to provide physicians with information on the treatment of hypogonadism," said Cheryl MacDiarmid, Vice President of GSK's Cardiovascular/Metabolic/Urology business unit. "We look forward to our collaboration with Auxilium and adding Testim to our portfolio so we can help meet the needs of men with this condition."
Under the terms of the agreement, Auxilium granted GSK the exclusive right to co-promote the sale of Testim with Auxilium in the U.S. through September 30, 2015. GSK will promote Testim using a sizeable established field sales force which has relationships with current Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) prescribers, particularly primary care physicians, in the U.S. These GSK sales representatives currently promote a range of cardiovascular, metabolic and urology products, and Testim will complement GSK's existing portfolio of products.
Auxilium and GSK have agreed on a baseline revenue forecast for Testim through September 30, 2015, and GSK will be compensated to the extent that Testim net sales exceed this baseline. In addition, in certain circumstances, Auxilium will pay GSK specified tail payments following the term of the agreement. The GSK sales force is expected to begin promoting Testim to physicians early in the third quarter 2012. Auxilium will remain responsible for all Testim commercial drug manufacturing, supply, and regulatory activities.