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Intellipharmaceutics Announces Settlement for its Generic Version of Focalin XR

TORONTO, March 11, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. (Nasdaq:IPCI) (TSX:I) today announced that Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Celgene Corporation have settled their patent suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and Elan Pharma International Ltd. has settled its patent suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, with Intellipharmaceutics Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intellipharmaceutics International, and its licensee Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. over a generic version of the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder drug Focalin XR® (dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride). The terms of the settlements are confidential and remain subject to regulatory and court approval.

About Intellipharmaceutics

Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. is a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of controlled and targeted once-a-day novel oral solid drugs. The Company's patented Hypermatrix™ technology is a unique and validated multidimensional controlled-release drug delivery platform that can be applied to the efficient development of a wide range of existing and new pharmaceuticals. Based on this technology, Intellipharmaceutics has a pipeline of products in various stages of development in therapeutic areas that include neurology, cardiovascular, GIT, pain and infection. Several of these products are partnered.

Intellipharmaceutics' lead generic product under development is Dexmethylphenidate XR (dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride), a generic version of Focalin XR®, which is an extended-release capsule for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In 2008, Focalin®, including Focalin XR®, had U.S. sales of approximately U.S. $350 million. Intellipharmaceutics' application for approval of a generic version of Focalin XR® remains subject to FDA approval. No assurance can be given as to whether or when the FDA will approve Intellipharmaceutics' generic version of Focalin XR®.

Intellipharmaceutics' lead non-generic product under development is Rexista™, an abuse- and alcohol-resistant controlled-release oral oxycodone formulation for the relief of pain. Rexista™ is a unique dosage form designed to be resistant to the well-documented abuses associated with some currently marketed oxycodone products. This includes abuse by oral ingestion when these drugs are crushed or chewed, by nasal inhalation when crushed or powdered, and, by injection when combined with solvents. Rexista™ is also designed to resist release of the entire dose when consumed with alcohol, a significant problem with some opioid drugs. In 2008, oxycodone had U.S. sales of approximately U.S. $2 billion.

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Posted: March 2010