Forest Laboratories Announces Completion of Acquisition of Cerexa, Inc.

NEW YORK, January 11, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Forest Laboratories, Inc. today announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Cerexa, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company based in Alameda, California, in a cash-for-stock transaction with a purchase price of $493.6 million plus a potential $100 million milestone payment.

About Forest Laboratories and Its Products

Forest Laboratories (www.frx.com) is a US-based pharmaceutical company dedicated to identifying, developing, and delivering products that make a positive difference in peoples' lives. Forest Laboratories' growing product line includes Lexapro(R) (escitalopram oxalate), an SSRI indicated for adults for the internal and maintenance treatment of major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder; Namenda(R) (memantine HCl), an N-methyl D- aspartate (NMDA)-receptor antagonist indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease; Benicar(R)* (olmesartan medoxomil), an angiotensin receptor blocker, and Benicar* HCT(R) (olmesartan medoxomil- hydrochlorothiazide), an angiotensin receptor blocker and diuretic combination product, each indicated for the treatment of hypertension; and Campral(R)* (acamprosate calcium), indicated in combination with psychosocial support for the maintenance of abstinence from alcohol in patients with alcohol dependence who are abstinent at treatment initiation.

    * Benicar is a registered trademark of Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., and Campral

      is a registered trademark of Merck Sante s.a.s., subsidiary of Merck

      KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the difficulty of predicting FDA approvals, the acceptance and demand for new pharmaceutical products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, the timely development and launch of new products, and the risk factors listed from time to time in the Forest Laboratories' SEC reports, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006 and on Form 10-Q for the periods ended June 30 and September 30, 2006.

CONTACT: Charles E. Triano, Vice President - Investor Relations, of ForestLaboratories, Inc., +1-212-224-6714, Charles.Triano@frx.com

Web site: http://www.frx.com/

Ticker Symbol: (NYSE:FRX)

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Posted: January 2007


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