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Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. Announces Record Date and Meeting Date for Special Meeting of Stockholders for Vote with Respect to Charter Amendments
Date:7/8/2009

CARY, N.C., July 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: CRTX) announced today that it will hold a special meeting of its stockholders on August 27, 2009. At the special meeting of stockholders, Cornerstone's stockholders will be asked to approve a series of amendments to Cornerstone's certificate of incorporation that if adopted will implement governance arrangements and provide Chiesi Farmaceutici SpA with certain majority stockholders rights. Cornerstone has agreed with Chiesi that it would present these proposals to its stockholders in connection with the issuance and sale of Cornerstone's common stock to Chiesi pursuant to the Stock Purchase Agreement, dated as of May 6, 2009, between Cornerstone and Chiesi.

Cornerstone's stockholders of record as of the close of business on July 30, 2009 will be entitled to notice of and to vote at the special meeting.

About Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc.

Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq CM: CRTX), headquartered in Cary, N.C., is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing products primarily for the respiratory and related markets. Cornerstone currently promotes multiple marketed products in the United States to respiratory-focused physicians and key retail pharmacies with its specialty sales force. Cornerstone also has a late-stage clinical pipeline with five regulatory approval submissions targeted within the next three years. Key elements of Cornerstone's strategy are to in-license or acquire rights to underpromoted, patent-protected, branded respiratory or related pharmaceutical products, or late-stage product candidates; implement life cycle management strategies to maximize the potential value and competitive position of Cornerstone's currently marketed products, newly acquired products and product candidates that are currently in development; grow product revenue through Cornerstone's specialty sales force which is focused on the respiratory and related markets; and maintain and strengthen the intellectual property position of Cornerstone's currently marketed products, newly acquired products and product candidates.

Important Information

Cornerstone has filed a proxy statement and other documents regarding the proposed amendments to Cornerstone's certificate of incorporation in this press release with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Security holders are urged to read the proxy statement carefully because it contains important information about Cornerstone and the proposed amendments. A definitive proxy statement will be sent to stockholders of Cornerstone seeking their approval of the proposed amendments. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the definitive proxy statement (when available) and other documents filed by Cornerstone with the SEC at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov or from Cornerstone's website at www.crtx.com. The definitive proxy statement (when available) and other relevant documents may also be obtained free of cost by directing a request to Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc., 1255 Crescent Green Drive, Suite 250, Cary, North Carolina 27518, attention: Chief Financial Officer.

Participants in Solicitation

Cornerstone and its directors, members of management and other employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Cornerstone in connection with the transaction. Information about Cornerstone and its directors and executive officers can be found in Cornerstone's proxy statement and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 previously filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding the interests of those persons may be obtained by reading the proxy statement relating to the proposed amendments.

About Cornerstone Therapeutics

Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq CM: CRTX), headquartered in Cary, N.C., is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing significant products primarily for the respiratory and related markets. The Company currently promotes multiple marketed products in the United States to respiratory-focused physicians and key retail pharmacies with its specialty sales force. The Company also has a late-stage clinical pipeline with five regulatory approval submissions targeted within the next three years. Key elements of the Company's strategy are to in-license or acquire rights to underpromoted, patent-protected, branded respiratory or related pharmaceutical products or late-stage product candidates; implement life cycle management strategies to maximize the potential value and competitive position of the Company's currently marketed products, newly acquired products and product candidates that are currently in development; grow product revenue through the Company's specialty sales force, which is focused on the respiratory and related markets; and maintain and strengthen the intellectual property position of the Company's currently marketed products, newly acquired products and product candidates.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements in this press release regarding the progress and timing of our product development programs and related trials; our future opportunities; our strategy, future operations, financial position, future revenues and projected costs; our management's prospects, plans and objectives; and any other statements about management's future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including, without limitation, statements containing the words "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "should," "target," "will," "would" and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements.

There are a number of important factors that could cause our actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including risks relating to our ability to develop and maintain the necessary sales, marketing, supply chain, distribution and manufacturing capabilities to commercialize our products, including difficulties relating to the manufacture of Zyflo CR(R) tablets; the possibility that the Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) will take enforcement action against us or one or more of our marketed drugs that do not have FDA-approved marketing applications; patient, physician and third-party payor acceptance of our products as safe and effective therapeutic products; our ability to maintain regulatory approvals to market and sell our products that do have FDA approved marketing applications; our ability to enter into additional strategic licensing, collaboration or co-promotion transactions on favorable terms, if at all; our ability to maintain compliance with NASDAQ listing requirements; adverse side effects experienced by patients taking our products; difficulties relating to clinical trials, including difficulties or delays in the completion of patient enrollment, data collection or data analysis; the results of preclinical studies and clinical trials with respect to our products under development and whether such results will be indicative of results obtained in later clinical trials; our ability to satisfy FDA and other regulatory requirements; our ability to obtain, maintain and enforce patent and other intellectual property protection for our products and product candidates; and the other factors described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) on May 7, 2009 and other filings that we make with the SEC. If one or more of these factors materialize, or if any underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results, performance or achievements may vary materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

In addition, the statements in this press release reflect our expectations and beliefs as of the date of this release. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our expectations and beliefs to change. However, while we may elect to update these forward-looking statements publicly at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Our forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any future acquisitions, mergers, dispositions, business development transactions, joint ventures or investments that we may make, except that in particular circumstances as specifically indicated we may address the potential impact of our proposed transaction with Chiesi Farmaceutici SpA. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date after the date of this release.

Zyflo CR(R) is a trademark of Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc.


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