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The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and Verus Pharmaceuticals Work Together to Raise Awareness of Food Allergies
Date:10/4/2007

Local San Diego Companies and Citizens unite to support the upcoming San Diego FAAN Walk to be held Sunday, October 7, at De Anza Cove in Mission

Bay Park at 9:00 a.m.

FAIRFAX, Va. and SAN DIEGO, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), a Fairfax-based non-profit organization and a world leader in information about food allergies, and Verus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a San Diego-based specialty pharmaceutical company who sells the Twinject(R) auto-injector in the United States, continue to work together to raise awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction). For the second year, Verus is a national sponsor for the 19 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward A Cure fundraising events. Last year, the 12 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy events raised more than $1 million nationwide.

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Hundreds of community, civic and business leaders, and citizens will come together Sunday, October 7 at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay Park in San Diego for a family-friendly fundraising walk to increase awareness about food allergies and raise money for research and education.

"We are very pleased that Verus has joined the FAAN team as a National Sponsor for the second consecutive year, demonstrating their support for all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis," says FAAN CEO and founder Anne Munoz-Furlong. "It's critical that we all work together to help find the answer, as well as a cure."

More than 500 San Diego-area residents are expected to walk with company teams, organizational groups, families and individually. Also attending will be national FAAN representatives who will be joined by Monica Dean, NBC 7/39 Reporter and Anchor and San Diego FAAN walk Honorary Chair; Jeremy Dinkins, San Diego FAAN Walk Child Ambassador; and Kathleen Toohill, San Diego FAAN Walk Teen Ambassador. National sponsorship support comes from the generosity of Verus Pharmaceuticals and Dey Pharmaceuticals. For the San Diego walk, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati and Whole Foods La Jolla are platinum sponsors with Whole Foods La Jolla donating over $5,100 from a fundraiser conducted at Whole Foods La Jolla on August 15th. Other San Diego sponsors include Latham & Watkins, Phillips Plastics, Nutricia, Access Communications and Giant Creative at the silver sponsorship level. San Diego Printers and Staylor-Made Communications provided in-kind donations.

Registration for the San Diego Walk for Food Allergy begins at 8:00 a.m. There is no fee to participate and pre-registration is free at http://www.foodallergy.org. At 9:00 a.m., participants will walk a 2-mile route, after which festivities will be held, including the Rad Hatter hat designs, an obstacle course and information from food allergy vendors such as Nutricia, SunGold Foods, No-Nuttin' Foods and Enjoy Life Natural Brands.

"With each step that's taken, we'll move closer to our goal of teaching others about the serious nature of food allergies, and to finding a cure," said Sonya Sheik, San Diego walk chair.

ABOUT FOOD ALLERGIES AND ANAPHYLAXIS

More than 12 million Americans have food allergies, which are the leading cause of anaphylaxis (a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction) outside the hospital setting and result in more than 30,000 emergency room visits each year. Eight foods account for 90 percent of all allergic reactions in the U.S.: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, etc.), wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. Food allergy afflicts one in 25 Americans overall, and one in 17 under age 3.

ABOUT FAAN

Founded in 1991, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is the world leader in information about food allergy, a potentially fatal condition that is rapidly increasing in prevalence. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN has 30,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and 62 other countries. It is dedicated to increasing public awareness of food allergy and its consequences, to educating people about the condition, to advocating on behalf of all those affected by it, and to advancing research into its causes, prevalence, cure, and prevention. FAAN provides information and educational resources about food allergy to patients, their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials. The FAAN Medical Advisory Board, which reviews all of the organization's educational materials, is comprised of 14 of the leaders in food allergy science and medicine in the U.S. and Canada. In addition to its printed materials, FAAN also sponsors such awareness programs as Food Allergy Awareness Week, the Mariel C. Furlong Awards for Making a Difference, food allergy conferences, and fundraising walks. For more information, please visit FAAN on the Web at http://www.foodallergy.org.

About Verus

Verus Pharmaceuticals is dedicated to improving the lives of children and those who care for them. Verus is building a portfolio of products for the unmet medical needs of children through acquisitions and alliances, with an initial focus on the treatment of asthma, allergies, and related diseases and conditions. Verus is differentiated by its pediatric orientation and its strong financial position and experienced management team, which allows the company to capitalize on an extensive network to build its product portfolio and pursue complementary transactions. The company's rigorous, disciplined approach to strategic decision-making and core competencies in development and commercialization is expected to provide significant value to its partners. More information about Verus is available on the company's corporate website at http://www.veruspharm.com and more information about Twinject is available at http://www.twinject.com.

Twinject(R) and Verus(R) are registered trademarks of Verus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

CONTACT:

Dan Sperling

FAAN

703-563-3052

dsperling@foodallergy.org

Amy Caterina

Verus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

858-436-1623

acaterina@veruspharm.com

Sonya Sheik

SD FAAN Walk Chair

858-717-1354

sonya_sheik@yahoo.com


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