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Update: Akten Now FDA Approved - October 7, 2008

Approvable Letter for Akten

Akorn, Inc. Receives NDA Approvable Letter for Akten Ophthalmic Gel 3.5%

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 4, 2008 - Akorn, Inc. today announced the receipt of an FDA approvable letter for Akten Ophthalmic Gel 3.5%, an ocular topical anesthetic drug product. Our approvable letter identified several minor CMC deficiencies that must be addressed and rectified before final approval is granted. The majority of these items have been addressed in our previous submissions to the FDA. The remaining response will be submitted to the FDA within the next ten days. No additional clinical data is required.

Additionally, prior to approval, product labeling must be finalized. We have received proposed labeling from the FDA and will submit final printed labeling within the next ten days.

We expect Akten to be a significant revenue contributor in the second half of 2008.

About Akorn, Inc.

Akorn, Inc. manufactures and markets sterile specialty pharmaceuticals. Akorn has manufacturing facilities located in Decatur, Illinois and Somerset, New Jersey and markets and distributes an extensive line of hospital and ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. Additional information is available at the Company's website at

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Akorn, Inc.
Arthur S. Przybyl
President and CEO
(847) 279-6100

Posted: June 2008

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