Los Angeles, July 17, 2012 –Targeted Medical Pharma, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops and distributes prescription medical foods to physicians, pharmacies and skilled nursing facilities, today issued the following letter to shareholders from its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer, William Shell, M.D.
Dear Fellow Shareholders:
If one word can best characterize the past year for me and for Targeted Medical Pharma, that word would be change.
It has been a fast-paced journey for all of us, marked by substantial growth that places our company on the cusp of formidable transformation.
There was great progress positioning us for the introduction of promising new products, having filed multiple new patents, completing clinical trials of a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and developing an advanced obesity management system. As we enter the second half of 2012, our team is excited about the research that is now well underway on a technology, believed to be the first of its kind, for stem cell stimulation via an oral administration.
As of this writing, our employee count has grown to 68 full time employees, with more than 40 direct and indirect sales representatives in our own sales force and those of our distributors. Importantly, we also strengthened our senior management team. In November, we were privileged that David Silver, M.D., an Associate Professor at UCLA School of Medicine, joined the Company as our Executive Vice President for Medical and Scientific Affairs. Dr. Silver brings tremendous expertise to Targeted Medical Pharma, and I know he will be instrumental, along with our talented team, in fostering our future growth and development.
Additionally, Ron Rudolph joined us as Chief Financial Officer, Douglas Gintz came aboard as Chief Technology and Information Officer, and Dr. Lynette Gebler joined us to further develop our claims collection process. Amir Blachman was promoted to Vice President of Strategy and Operations and Corporate Secretary. More recently, we appointed a National Sales Director, Darion Petty, to lead the expansion of our footprint throughout the United States and we added a Senior Medical Science Liaison, Dr. Fred McCall-Perez, to expand our education processes to physicians, key opinion leaders and other healthcare providers.
Amid the positive change and momentum, we were deeply saddened in September 2011 with the passing of Elizabeth Charuvastra, our co-founder, Executive Chairman, and my wife
Liz was steadfastly dedicated to improving patient care and quality of life. She was unshakeable in her belief that we must better understand the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical agents.
Liz’s contributions improved, and will continue to improve, the lives of tens of thousands of people. We miss Liz deeply but are blessed to continue the work that was shaped by her legacy of caring and by her medical insights.
Financial Overview and Plans for Public Trading of our Stock
With all the moving parts and a wonderful market opportunity before us, we also effected change in our financial structure and in our plans to soon become a publicly traded company.
In preparation for public trading of our securities, and to more appropriately align our financial reporting with the underlying economics of our business, we changed the Company’s revenue recognition policy, which in turn resulted in a restatement of our financials and net operating losses for 2010 and 2011.
On the positive side of the restatement, although more than $30 million in receivables from our physician clients and distributors could no longer be deemed revenue until payment is received, our physician clients and distributors remain contractually obligated to pay those amounts and those amounts will be recorded as revenue when collected. Backing up these receivables are outstanding insurance claims in excess of $50 million in claims payments. The billing and collection process is being managed by our subsidiary, Complete Claims Processing, Inc., on behalf of physician customers.
The new revenue recognition policy and restatement provided the basis for filing an amended 2010 tax return in May 2012. The restatement also resulted in the conversion of a $4.3 million tax liability to a tax refund receivable in excess of $800,000 and long-term carry-forward losses in excess of $4 million. As part of the change, albeit positive to our future, a “going concern” notation, which we believe is temporary, was included in the auditor’s report on our fiscal year 2011 financial statements.
In part, the revenue recognition policy change and restatement of our financial statements led us to change our plans with regard to our methodology for creating a public trading market in our securities, and on June 5, 2012, we withdrew our registration statement (Form S-1), which related to our initial public offering of common stock and a resale of common stock by existing stockholders, which was pending with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We originally planned to raise up to $40 million in an underwritten public offering. However, since that amount would have resulted in substantial dilution of the current shareholders and is far in excess of our immediate requirements, we are instead in the process of preparing our common stock for quotation on the OTC Bulletin Board. A one-year seasoning on this trading platform will allow us, without diluting our shareholders, to apply for listing on a national securities exchange, namely Nasdaq or the New York Stock Exchange, which is fully our intention, assuming we meet all other listing standards at that time. We are optimistic that our common stock will be quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board before the close of the current quarter.
With complex structural matters now essentially behind us, we are considering alternate financing strategies to provide capital for future growth, including securing debt financing and selling a portion of our accounts receivable balance. The sale of contractual accounts receivable will raise cash and generate revenue. We currently are in active discussions to complete these components of the short-term funding strategy and intend to raise between $5 million and $10 million as part of this process.
Growth Opportunities Ahead
The year ahead looks stronger than ever.
We plan to grow our workers’ compensation client development and improve its collection process, and we already have embarked on substantial growth plans for our private insurance (PPO) market, which now has clients in 19 states.
With baby boomers now reaching Medicare eligibility, their growing numbers also provide us with a solid opportunity. There are currently approximately 44 million patients who receive medications under the Medicare Part D program. We are selling into this market, as the use of medical foods in clinical practice is growing due to wider acceptance among physicians and patients. We still must follow a complex collection process in Part D Medicare that is related to the definition of a covered drug. On February 17, 2012, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services published in the Federal Register a definition of a covered drug that is favorable to our efforts to expand our Medicare Part D business. That was great news for us.
In what we also believe to be a strong growth opportunity, during the past year we entered the skilled nursing home segment and already have contracted with a major provider of medications to these facilities. Test dispenses have occurred and the billing process is being initiated for multiple reimbursement methods.
As thousands of U.S. troops return from the Middle East, we expect to play an important role in treating PTSD with the successful completion of a clinical trial and anticipation of entering this market later in 2012. Protocols also are being developed by the Company in cooperation with the U.S. Joint Forces Command to examine the utility of the pain product Theramine® in the military community. These new business segments should significantly reduce time to collection, as compared to our workers’ compensation business.
Additionally, we have completed the initial evaluation of a medical food product for the treatment of asthma, particularly in children, in cooperation with a new collaborative partner. A placebo-controlled trial to test this product is in the final stages of design, and the project will be co-funded by the Company and our collaborating partner. We also have developed an advanced obesity management system, which is now undergoing initial tests.
Oral Stem Cell Stimulation System
As I mentioned at the beginning of this letter, we are particularly excited about the patents filed earlier this year on the oral stem cell stimulation system—a technology that we believe may be the first stem cell system using stimulation of progenitor stem cells within the body via an orally administered medication. This system would eliminate the need to harvest cells from the body, externally culture the cells and subsequently reintroduce them into the body.
Clinical trials were initiated in February to test a red blood cell stimulating system, a neuron regeneration and insulin method, again all via oral administration, with a focus on chronic disease states such as kidney disease, AIDS, diabetes mellitus and chronic arthritis, which are all characterized by reduced red blood cell concentrations.
We expect that the products will be developed as medical foods, with each ingredient generally recognized as safe under the FDA’s Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) guidelines.
A Promising Future
Targeted Medical Pharma clearly has undergone solid growth and change. We have overcome some timing setbacks and, at the same time, positioned ourselves for a bright future.
On behalf of our Board of Directors and management team, I extend deep gratitude and thanks for your patience and continued support.
I hope you will be able to join us at our annual shareholders’ meeting on August 6th, 2012, beginning at 11:00 a.m., at the Palomar Hotel near UCLA in Westwood, California. You will be receiving proxy materials and detailed information concerning the annual meeting shortly in the mail.
William E. Shell, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Targeted Medical Pharma, Inc.
Targeted Medical Pharma, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops and sells prescription medical foods to physicians, pharmacies and skilled nursing facilities for the treatment of chronic disease including pain syndromes, obesity, and sleep and cognitive disorders. Based in Los Angeles, the company’s proprietary pharmaceutical therapeutic systems are sold in the United States and Japan. The company manufactures nine proprietary medical food products, as well as 48 convenience packed kits, which pair a medical food and branded or generic pharmaceutical. These prescription medical food products and therapeutic systems represent a novel approach to the management of certain disease states, focusing on safety and efficacy without the deleterious side effects of traditional, high dose prescription drugs.
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