New York, NY (PRWEB) January 30, 2005
Amersin Life Sciences Corporation (OTCBB: AMLS), announced today that its subsidiary, Hubei Tongji Benda Ebei Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (HBPharma), will increase production of Ribavirin injections by 30% in response to market demand.
Ribavirin is a systemic antiviral sold under the brand names CopegusÂ®(1),and RebetolÂ®(2) in the United States, under the brand name VirazolÂ®(3) in the United States and Canada and as Tribavirin in other parts of the world. It is has been used to treat severe viral pneumonia in infants and young children and, in combination with other agents such as Interferon alfa-2b or Peginterferon alfa-2b, to treat hepatitis C, a viral liver infection.
ÂOur Ribavirin injection is used by hospitals in China as a front line viral defenseÂ said Mr. Yiqing Wan, President of the Amersin subsidiary, ÂThis increased demand for Ribavirin seems to result in part from concern regarding the high mortality rate associated with recent human cases of Avian flu in the region. We do not yet have an approved treatment regimen specifically for H5N1 so hospitals will rely in the interim on agents that have proven effective at treating other viruses.Â
Lethal outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) were reported in poultry by several Asian countries last June including: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. This was followed by renewed sporadic reports of human cases in Vietnam and Thailand. The World Heath Organization (WHO) confirmed 52 cases of H5N1 resulting in 39 deaths between January 28th, 2004 and January 21st, 2005.
According to Professor Wei Sheng Mao, speaking at a WHO press conference during the 55th session of the Western Pacific Regional Committee, Âunless an enormous prevention effort is mounted very quickly, the threat of avian influenza may be greater than that of SARSÂ. He went on to emphasize that prevention and cure will be a long-term task.
ÂOur subsidiary has one of the largest injection production facilities in China and the capacity to rapidly increase production further should it become necessaryÂ commented Amersin CEO, Mr. Reid Li. ÂWe have increased its R&D effort in an attempt to develop new pathogen specific antiviral agents to meet the challenges that lie ahead and are committed to strengthening its position as a major player in treating anti-viral respondent diseases in China and abroad.Â
About Amersin Life Sciences Corporation:
Amersin is engaged in the acquisition and vertical integration of operating subsidiaries and controlling joint venture interests in China to include all facets of pharmaceutical life sciences from research through raw materials and dosage form production to distribution. Its recent acquisition of a controlling interest in the profitable HBPharma subsidiary is a cornerstone in its plan to expand through strategic acquisition and vertical integration to become one of the leading American corporations to profit from the burgeoning life sciences sector in China. Additional information is available via the web at http://www.amersin.com.
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This news release contains certain "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from forward-looking statements. Information about many risk factors is set forth in AmersinÂs periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the sections entitled "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsÂ and ÂManagementÂs Discussion and AnalysisÂ in AmersinÂs most recent Quarterly Report available through the EDGAR filing system at http://www.sec.gov. Amersin is under no obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation, to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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For more information, please contact:
Howard Milne, Corporate Communications
Amersin Life Sciences Corporation
Voice: 604-881-2899 ext 220
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