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Date:10/29/2008

rug patch intended to deliver bupivacaine for up to 3 days from a single application. DURECT has previously announced positive results for ELADUR from a 60 patient Phase IIa clinical trial of patients suffering from PHN. A poster describing this study was presented at the 27th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society on May 8, 2008 and is accessible on DURECT's website (http://www.durect.com/wt/durect/page_name/Publications).

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted to DURECT orphan drug designation for bupivacaine for relief of persistent pain associated with post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). Bupivacaine is a long-acting, local anesthetic drug used in regional anesthesia for local tissue infiltration, nerve block, and epidural and intrathecal anesthesia. If ELADUR is the first bupivacaine product approved for PHN, under the 1983 Orphan Drug Act, ELADUR would receive seven years of market exclusivity following the approval of the product by the FDA.

About Alpharma

Alpharma Inc. (NYSE: ALO) is a global specialty pharmaceutical company with leadership positions in products for humans and animals. Alpharma is presently active in more than 80 countries. Alpharma has a growing branded pharmaceutical franchise in the U.S. pain market with its KADIAN(R) (morphine sulfate extended-release) Capsules, and the FLECTOR(R) Patch (diclofenac epolamine topical patch) 1.3%. Alpharma is also internationally recognized as a leading provider of pharmaceutical products for poultry and livestock.

About DURECT Corporation

DURECT is an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company developing innovative drugs for pain and other chroni
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