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QUESTCOR PHARMACEUTICALS 8-K 2012

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  2. 8-K
Form 8-K

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 8, 2012

 

 

QUESTCOR PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

 

 

California   001-14758   33-0476164

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

1300 Kellogg Drive, Suite D,

Anaheim, California

  92807
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (714) 786-4200

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

 

 


Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) is providing the following update regarding key operating metrics and its share repurchase program. The operating metrics discussed below relate to the Company’s primary product, H.P. Acthar® Gel (repository corticotropin injection) (“Acthar”), and are based on the most recent data available to the Company at the time of this filing:

Paid Acthar Prescriptions

 

     Paid Prescriptions
     April 2012

Nephrotic Syndrome (NS)

   90-95

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

   335-345

Infantile Spasms (IS)

   30-35

As a result of the on-going expansion of both its NS and MS sales teams, the Company experienced some temporary disruption in its promotional activities in April. The expansion of the Company’s Nephrology Sales Force from 28 to 58 representatives is complete and all new representatives will be trained and in the field in early June 2012. Additionally, Questcor has begun the process of expanding its Neurology Sales Force from 77 to 109 representatives, with hiring and training expected to be completed in August 2012. The Company believes these expansions will enable it to further broaden physician awareness of Acthar and its appropriate role in the treatment of both MS relapses and NS. Furthermore, the Company’s efforts to initiate a pilot commercial effort in rheumatology by the end of 2012 are running ahead of schedule.

Insurance coverage continued to remain favorable for Acthar during April 2012.

Shipped Acthar Vials

Net sales of Acthar are predominately derived from the Company’s sales of vials to CuraScript Specialty Distributor (“CuraScript SD”). During April 2012, Questcor shipped a total of 1,350 vials of Acthar to CuraScript SD. This figure includes vials for which the Company established reserves for future Medicaid and other government program rebates and chargebacks but does not include vials related to the Company’s patient assistance program. The relationship between vials shipped, net sales and prescriptions can change from period to period due to several factors including:

 

   

changes in the Company’s reserve percentage for Medicaid and other government programs. The Company’s total sales reserve percentage is primarily driven by its Medicaid reserve percentage, which exhibits significant quarterly volatility.

 

   

changes in distribution channel inventory levels from period to period. The Company’s monthly and quarterly vial shipments continue to be subject to significant variation due to the size and timing of individual orders received from Questcor’s distributor. The timing of when these orders are received and filled can significantly affect net sales and net income in any particular quarter. For example, on the last day of March 2012, Questcor filled an order for 180 vials. The Company believes that while the amount of Acthar inventory in its distribution channel has decreased slightly since March 31, 2012 it is still higher than the normal range as of April 30, 2012. The Company believes that investors should consider the Company’s results over several quarters when analyzing the Company’s performance.

 

   

changes in the number of vials per script for each indication, the number of vials being shipped in the most recent period in connection with prescriptions written in previous periods, and the number of vials that could be shipped in future periods in connection with prescriptions written in the most recent period.

Share Repurchase Program and Balance Sheet Information

 

   

During the second quarter of 2012 through May 7, 2012, the Company used $87.3 million in cash to repurchase 2,012,600 shares of its common stock in open market transactions, at an average price of $43.36 per share.


   

Year to date through May 7, 2012, the Company used $116.3 million in cash to repurchase 2,810,885 shares of its common stock in open market transactions, at an average price of $41.36 per share, representing approximately 4% of total outstanding common stock.

 

   

Since the repurchase program began in 2008, the Company has returned $194.7 to shareholders though the repurchase of its common and preferred stock, representing approximately 66% of the Company’s operating cash flow during that period. As of May 7, 2012, Questcor had approximately 61.2 million shares of common stock outstanding and had repurchased a total of 18.2 million shares of common and preferred stock, at an average price of $10.69 per share, with 1.4 million shares remaining under its common stock repurchase program.

The Company is also providing the following unaudited balance sheet information as of May 4, 2012:

 

   

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments: $215.9 million; current balance does not reflect the use of $45.4 million to settle the Company’s most recent repurchase transactions.

 

   

Accounts receivable: $37.5 million.


Important Information Regarding Prescriptions and Net Sales

End-user demand for Acthar results from physicians writing prescriptions to patients for the treatment of NS, MS and IS. The number of paid prescriptions for Acthar in each therapeutic area is volatile and the Company believes that investors should consider the Company’s results over several quarters when analyzing its performance. Physicians do not purchase Acthar for resale to patients. Instead, patients purchase Acthar directly from specialty pharmacies after receiving a prescription and, typically, arranging for third party reimbursement (government or commercial insurance) – often after satisfying a prior authorization requirement imposed by their insurance carrier.

Net sales of Acthar are predominately derived from the Company’s sales of vials to CuraScript SD, which in turn sells Acthar primarily to specialty pharmacies. These specialty pharmacies place orders to CuraScript SD based on their respective level of prescription filling activity related to Acthar and their respective inventory practices.

Recommended treatment regimens among physicians prescribing Acthar vary within each therapeutic area. Due to various factors, including inventory levels at both the specialty pharmacies and at CuraScript SD, the duration of treatment regimens and the timing of the placement of refill prescription orders, there is typically a delay between changes in prescription levels and changes in the levels of orders the Company receives from CuraScript SD. Additionally, physician-recommended treatment regimens, and patient compliance with treatment regimens, may vary over time.

The Company’s ability to accurately determine the number of prescriptions is subject to the following important notes:

(1) Because Acthar prescriptions are filled at specialty pharmacies, the Company does not receive complete information regarding either the number of prescriptions or the number of vials by therapeutic area for all of the patients being treated with Acthar. However, the Company is able to monitor trends in payer mix and areas of therapeutic use for new (non-refill) Acthar prescriptions based on data the Company receives from its reimbursement support center. The Company estimates that over 90% of new Acthar prescriptions are processed by this support center, but believes that very few refill prescriptions are processed there.

(2) In this Form 8-K, the terms “Nephrotic Syndrome,” “Multiple Sclerosis,” and “Infantile Spasms,” and their abbreviations, refer to the on-label indications for Acthar associated with such conditions. Investors should refer to the FDA approved Acthar label, which can be found at http://www.acthar.com/files/Acthar-PI.pdf. Prescription figures include related conditions for each therapeutic area. Related conditions are diagnoses that are either alternative descriptions of the medical condition or are closely related to the medical condition referenced above. For example, a prescription for “Demyelinating disease of the central nervous system” would be included as an MS-related condition for purpose of the prescription information provided above. About 5% of the prescriptions referenced are for related conditions.

(3) A new prescription may or may not represent a new patient or a new therapy for the patient receiving the prescription. The Company uses business rules to determine whether a prescription should be classified as new for counting purposes. From time to time, the Company may modify these rules.


Quarterly Paid Prescriptions by Therapeutic Area

 

     Paid Prescriptions      Quarterly
Year over
Year Growth

MS Paid Rx
    Paid Prescriptions  
     Multiple
Sclerosis (MS)
       Nephrotic
Syndrome (NS)
     Infantile
Spasms (IS)
 

Q1-10

     231         196     11         89   

Q2-10

     304         145     4         95   

Q3-10

     323         129     8         92   

Q4-10

     354         66     7         91   

Q1-11

     508         120     18         89   

Q2-11

     751         147     45         106   

Q3-11

     886         174     60         112   

Q4-11

     945         167     146         120   

Q1-12

     1,000         97     238         112   

Monthly Paid Prescriptions by Therapeutic Area

 

     Paid Prescriptions  
     Multiple Sclerosis (MS)      Nephrotic Syndrome (NS)      Infantile Spasms (IS)  

Jan-10

     67         6         26   

Feb-10

     72         4         30   

Mar-10

     92         1         33   

Apr-10

     107         0         34   

May-10

     90         2         28   

Jun-10

     107         2         33   

Jul-10

     101         3         27   

Aug-10

     119         2         31   

Sep-10

     103         3         34   

Oct-10

     107         0         23   

Nov-10

     119         4         25   

Dec-10

     128         3         43   

Jan-11

     114         4         31   

Feb-11

     157         6         28   

Mar-11

     237         8         30   

Apr-11

     245         9         34   

May-11

     239         15         32   

Jun-11

     267         21         40   

Jul-11

     241         12         31   

Aug-11

     303         19         37   

Sep-11

     342         29         44   

Oct-11

     297         39         33   

Nov-11

     326         46         56   

Dec-11

     322         61         31   

Jan-12

     338         72         48   

Feb-12

     316         73         39   

Mar-12

     346         93         25   

Apr-12*

     335-345         90-95         30-35   

 

* Preliminary; subject to adjustment.


Quarterly Shipped Vials**

 

     Shipped Vials      Quarterly
Year over Year Growth
 

Q1-10

     1,446         1

Q2-10

     1,680         7

Q3-10

     1,890         40

Q4-10

     1,680         3

Q1-11

     2,010         39

Q2-11

     2,430         45

Q3-11

     2,910         54

Q4-11

     3,360         100

Q1-12

     4,111         105

Monthly Shipped Vials**

 

     Shipped Vials  

Jan-10

     424   

Feb-10

     392   

Mar-10

     630   

Apr-10

     510   

May-10

     660   

Jun-10

     510   

Jul-10

     690   

Aug-10

     600   

Sep-10

     600   

Oct-10

     600   

Nov-10

     450   

Dec-10

     630   

Jan-11

     480   

Feb-11

     870   

Mar-11

     660   

Apr-11

     810   

May-11

     660   

Jun-11

     960   

Jul-11

     960   

Aug-11

     840   

Sep-11

     1,110   

Oct-11

     900   

Nov-11

     1,170   

Dec-11

     1,290   

Jan-12

     1,440   

Feb-12

     1,140   

Mar-12

     1,530 ** 

Apr-12

     1,350   

 

** The Company’s monthly and quarterly vial shipments continue to be subject to significant variation due to the size and timing of individual orders received from Questcor’s distributor. The timing of when these orders are received and filled can significantly affect net sales and net income in any particular quarter. For example, on the last day of March 2012, Questcor filled an order for 180 vials. The Company believes that investors should consider the Company’s results over several quarters when analyzing the Company’s performance.

In accordance with General Instruction B.2. of Form 8-K, the information in Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liability of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Exchange Act, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: May 8, 2012     QUESTCOR PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
    By:  

/s/ Michael H. Mulroy

      Michael H. Mulroy
      Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and
General Counsel
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