FDA approves ANDA for phentermine HCl 37.5 mg tablets

Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Elite" or the "Company") (OTCBB:ELTP) announced today the approval of an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for phentermine HCl 37.5 mg tablets by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The phentermine HCl tablets are the generic equivalent of the Adipex-P® 37.5 mg tablets. The product and its equivalents had annual sales of approximately $40 million in 2010 and there are currently six other approved generic manufacturers plus the innovator. On September 16, 2010, Elite had previously announced the acquisition of the ANDA for this generic product from Epic Pharma LLC ("Epic"). The ANDA approval was granted under Epic Pharma's name and transfer of the ANDA into Elite's name will begin immediately.

Also previously disclosed on September 16, 2010, this product was part of a license agreement and a manufacturing and supply agreement (together the "Agreements") with Precision Dose, Inc. (Precision Dose) which has a wholly owned subsidiary, TAGI Pharma, Inc. ("TAGI Pharma") which will distribute the product. Pursuant to the previously disclosed Agreements, TAGI Pharma will market and sell this product and Elite will manufacture the product. Elite will receive a milestone payment upon shipment of the first product to Precision Dose and Elite will receive a percentage of the gross profit, as defined in the License Agreement, and earned by TAGI Pharma as a result of sales of the products. The license fee is payable monthly for the term of the License Agreement. 

"Elite currently manufactures Lodrane 24® and Lodrane 24D® which are marketed by our partner, ECR Pharmaceuticals, for allergy treatment, and in addition to this phentermine product, we expect to launch two additional products this year that will be marketed by TAGI. Collectively, these products will allow the company to fully realize the implementation of the business plan that was put in place to turn the company into a profitable operational company," commented Jerry Treppel, Chairman and CEO.

SOURCE Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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