scPharmaceuticals Inc. Announces Appointment of Rachael Nokes asChief Financial Officer
BURLINGTON, Mass., Dec. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- scPharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: SCPH), a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products that have the potential to optimize therapies, advance patient care, and reduce healthcare costs, today announced the appointment of Rachael Nokes as Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Nokes previously served as scPharmaceuticals’ Senior Vice President of Finance.
“With eight years of exemplary service at the company, I believe Rachael is an outstanding choice for the CFO role as we prepare for the commercial launch of FUROSCIX®,” stated John Tucker, President and Chief Executive Officer of scPharmaceuticals. “Her demonstrated leadership across public company finance functions, including external reporting, corporate accounting and internal controls, will serve us well as we transition to a commercial company and work to make FUROSCIX® a core element of a new heart failure treatment paradigm.”
Ms. Nokes is a senior financial executive with more than 20 years of experience, primarily in the life science industry. She joined scPharmaceuticals in 2014 from BG Medicine Inc., a publicly traded medical device company, where she was Director of Accounting. At BG Medicine, Ms. Nokes had significant responsibilities related to securing and managing several rounds of financing from various venture capital and other funding sources, culminating in the company’s initial public offering in early 2011. She was also instrumental in transitioning the finance organization from a privately held model to one capable of meeting the requirements for publicly traded entities, including SEC reporting and the implementation of Sarbanes Oxley. Prior to BG Medicine, Rachael held positions within Oak Industries Inc., a publicly traded supplier of components to the communications industry, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where she began her career as an auditor. She received a B.S. in Accounting from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and an M.S. in Finance from Bentley University.
FUROSCIX® (furosemide injection) 80 mg/10mL for subcutaneous use
INDICATIONS AND LIMITATIONS OF USE
FUROSCIX® is indicated for the treatment of congestion due to fluid overload in adult patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class II and Class III chronic heart failure.
FUROSCIX is not indicated for use in emergency situations or in patients with acute pulmonary edema. FUROSCIX Infusor will deliver only an 80-mg dose.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
FUROSCIX is contraindicated in patients with anuria, patients with a history of hypersensitivity to furosemide or medical adhesives and in patients with hepatic cirrhosis or ascites.
Furosemide may cause fluid, electrolyte, and metabolic abnormalities, particularly in patients receiving higher doses, patients with inadequate oral electrolyte intake, and in elderly patients. Serum electrolytes, CO2, BUN, creatinine, glucose, and uric acid should be monitored frequently during furosemide therapy.
Excessive diuresis may cause dehydration and blood volume reduction with circulatory collapse and possibly vascular thrombosis and embolism, particularly in elderly patients.
In patients with hepatic cirrhosis and ascites, sudden alterations of fluid and electrolyte balance may precipitate hepatic encephalopathy and coma. Treatment in such patients is best initiated in the hospital.
Furosemide can cause dehydration and azotemia. If increasing azotemia and oliguria occur during treatment of severe progressive renal disease, furosemide should be discontinued.
Cases of tinnitus and reversible or irreversible hearing impairment and deafness have been reported with furosemide. Reports usually indicate that furosemide ototoxicity is associated with rapid injection, severe renal impairment, the use of higher than recommended doses, hypoproteinemia or concomitant therapy with aminoglycoside antibiotics, ethacrynic acid, or other ototoxic drugs.
In patients with severe symptoms of urinary retention (because of bladder emptying disorders, prostatic hyperplasia, urethral narrowing), the administration of furosemide can cause acute urinary retention related to increased production and retention of urine. These patients require careful monitoring, especially during the initial stages of treatment.
The most common adverse reactions with FUROSCIX administration in clinical trials were site and skin reactions including erythema, bruising, edema, and injection site pain.
For more details, please read the full prescribing information at FUROSCIX.com/prescribing-information.pdf and Instructions for Use at FUROSCIX.com/instructions-for-use.pdf.
scPharmaceuticals is a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products that are designed to reduce healthcare costs and improve health outcomes. The Company develops, internally and through strategic partnerships, innovative products and solutions that aim to expand and advance the outpatient care of select acute conditions. The Company’s lead programs focus on the subcutaneous, self-administration of IV-strength treatments in heart failure and infectious disease. scPharmaceuticals is headquartered in Burlington, MA. For more information, please visit www.scPharmaceuticals.com.
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the commercialization and market impact of FUROSCIX. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on management’s current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk that results of a clinical study do not necessarily predict final results and that one or more of the clinical outcomes may materially change following more comprehensive reviews of the data, and as more patient data become available, the risk that results of a clinical study are subject to interpretation and additional analyses may be needed and/or may contradict such results, the risk of the ability of the FUROSCIX On-Body Infusor to appropriately deliver therapy, the receipt of regulatory approval for any of our product candidates or, if approved, the successful commercialization of such products, the risk of cessation or delay of any of the ongoing or planned clinical trials and/or our development of our product candidates, the risk that the results of previously conducted studies will not be repeated or observed in ongoing or future studies involving our product candidates, and the risk that the current COVID-19 pandemic will impact the Company’s device validation, drug stability testing, and other operations. For a discussion of other risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause our actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2022 on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at ,www.sec.govand as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties and other important factors in the Company’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release, and the Company undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.
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