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Bystolic(TM), a Novel Beta Blocker, is Now Approved by the FDA for the Treatment of Hypertension
Date:12/18/2007

added pharmacological properties of producing vasodilation and reducing total peripheral resistance.

"Bystolic is the newest beta blocker approved for the treatment of hypertension in the U.S. and should prove useful due to its efficacy in a broad range of patients and its favorable side effect profile," said Michael Weber, MD, Professor of Medicine at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. "These features will be attractive to both physicians and patients."

Howard Solomon, Chairman and Chief Executive of Forest, commented: "We, along with our partner Mylan, are pleased to have received final Food and Drug Administration marketing approval for Bystolic. Bystolic represents an important advance for patients with hypertension and the physicians who treat them and will be an important new product for our Company."

Bystolic is already approved and successfully marketed for the treatment of hypertension in more than 50 countries outside of North America. Mylan licensed the U.S. and Canadian exclusive rights to nebivolol from Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., Belgium in 2001.

Forest licensed U.S. and Canadian rights to Bystolic from Mylan Inc. in January 2006. Forest will market Bystolic in the U.S. and will pay Mylan undisclosed royalty payments as part of their collaboration agreement.

Forest expects Bystolic to be available to physicians, patients, and pharmacies in January 2008. Interested parties can register to receive immediate notification of Bystolic's availability, get more information on Bystolic, or obtain prescribing information by visiting http://www.Bystolic.com or by calling 1-800-678-1605.

Important Safety Information

Patients being treated with Bystolic should be advised against abrupt discontinuation of therapy. Severe exacerbation of angina and the occurrence of myocardial infarction and ventricular arrhythmias have been reported following the abrupt cessation
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