TORONTO--()--Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation (TSX:ASP) announces that two abstracts highlighting the clinical benefits of NATESTO® were accepted for presentation at the American Urological Association’s (AUA) 2017 Annual Meeting, to be held May 12-16 in Boston. NATESTO® is the first and only testosterone nasal gel available in Canada and the US indicated for androgen replacement therapy in adult males for conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone (hypogonadism).1

Tom Rossi, Chief Executive Officer of Acerus Pharmaceutical Corporation, said: “Studies, including the two accepted for presentation at the upcoming AUA, provide further scientific evidence of the safety and efficacy of NATESTO®, and the unique benefits of a nasally administered testosterone replacement therapy. We are very pleased to see that NATESTO® continues to capture the attention of the scientific community and would like to thank our partners, Aytu BioScience, for developing these abstracts and for their commitment in building the clinical evidence in support of NATESTO®.”

The following summarizes the two abstracts accepted for presentation at the AUA’s 2017 Annual Meeting:

Title: Clinical Improvements in Erectile Function and Mood in Hypogonadal Men Treated with 4.5% Nasal Testosterone Gel
Abstract #: 17-6376
Presenter: Larry I. Lipshultz, MD, Professor of Urology and Chief of the Scott Department of the Urology's Division of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Conclusions: NATESTO® achieves large, clinical improvements in erectile function, mood and sexual desire within 30 days of initiating treatment.

Title: Preservation of Normal Concentrations of Pituitary Gonadotropins Despite Achievement of Normal Serum Testosterone Levels in Hypogonadal Men Treated with a 4.5% Nasal Testosterone Gel
Abstract ID: 17-6558
Presenter: William Conners, MD, Urologist at Men's Health Boston and Clinical Instructor of Urology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Conclusions: Treatment with NATESTO® restores serum total testosterone to normal levels in hypogonadal men, while also mitigating the decline in luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) which remained within the normal range at Day 90 of treatment.

About NATESTO® (Testosterone) Nasal Gel

NATESTO® is a testosterone nasal gel developed by Acerus Pharmaceutical Corporation and indicated as a replacement therapy for men diagnosed with conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone (hypogonadism). It is the first and only nasally-administered testosterone product approved by the U.S. FDA and Health Canada, and available in a ‘no-touch’ dispenser with a metered dose pump for reduced transference risk The recommended starting dose of NATESTO® in Canada is 11 mg of testosterone (one actuation per nostril) administered twice daily for a total daily dose of 22 mg. A copy of the NATESTO® product monograph can be found at:

For further information, specific to the U.S. product dosing and administration, please visit:

About Acerus

Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation is a Canadian pharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacture, marketing and distribution of innovative, branded products that improve the patient experience.

Acerus currently markets two products in Canada: ESTRACE®, a product indicated for the symptomatic relief of menopausal symptoms; and NATESTO®, the first and only testosterone nasal gel for testosterone replacement therapy in adult males diagnosed with hypogonadism. Acerus’ pipeline includes two new innovative products: GYNOFLOR, an ultra-low dose vaginal estrogen combined with a probiotic, used in the treatment of atrophic vaginitis, restoration of vaginal flora and treatment of certain vaginal infections; and TEFINA, a ‘use as required’ drug development candidate, aimed at addressing a significant unmet need for women with female sexual dysfunction.

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1. NATESTO® Product Monograph, December 30, 2015 and Rogol et al. J Andrology 2015, 4(1), 46


Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Tricia Symmes, 416-509-2116
Chief Operating Officer


Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Tricia Symmes, 416-509-2116
Chief Operating Officer