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AEterna Zentaris and Paladin Labs Announce Sale and Purchase of Miltefosine Rights
Date:3/3/2008

is a phosphocholine analogue currently marketed under the brand name Impavido(R), the first oral drug for the treatment of visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis. Impavido(R) has been proven to be highly effective and less toxic than current therapies. Other current available treatments are liposomal amphotericin (Ambisome(R)) and Paromomycin.

About leishmaniasis

Leishmaniasis is an infectious disease transmitted by the bite of the phlebotomine sandfly. The cutaneous form of the disease normally produces skin ulcers on the exposed parts of the body such as the face, arms and legs. The visceral form - also known as kala azar - is characterized by irregular bouts of fever, substantial weight loss, swelling of the spleen and liver, and anemia (occasionally serious).

According to the World Health Organization, the disease is endemic in 88 countries with nearly 350 million people at risk. If untreated, visceral leishmaniasis can result in death within 6 months to 2 years. There are more than one million new cases per year of cutaneous leishmaniasis and an estimated prevalence of 12 million people already infected.

About AEterna Zentaris Inc.

AEterna Zentaris Inc. is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on endocrine therapy and oncology with proven expertise in drug discovery, development and commercialization. News releases and additional information are available at http://www.aezsinc.com

About Paladin Labs Inc.

Paladin Labs Inc., headquartered in Montreal, Canada, is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring or in-licensing innovative pharmaceutical products for the Canadian market. With this strategy, a focused national sales team and proven marketing expertise, Paladin has evolved into one of Canada's leading specialty pharmaceutical companies. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at

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