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Cardiome Announces Management Transition
Date:8/3/2009

NASDAQ: CRME TSX: COM

VANCOUVER, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Cardiome Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ: CRME / TSX: COM) today announced that Doug Janzen, formerly President and Chief Business Officer, has been appointed to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Bob Rieder, formerly Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Board.

"My tenure as CEO has been very satisfying in terms of what we have together accomplished, and I am honoured to have worked closely with so many talented professionals at Cardiome," stated Mr. Rieder. "I am excited about our future as I pass the reigns over to Doug Janzen, and I look forward to working with my fellow Board members and the management team as we continue to build value for Cardiome shareholders."

"Having successfully led Cardiome through more than a decade of growth and transformation, Bob has implemented a thoughtful and deliberate succession process," said Richard Glickman, lead independent director of Cardiome's Board of Directors. "The Board is highly confident that this re-alignment of responsibilities will shepherd in a new chapter in Cardiome's evolution as a world-class drug development company."

"I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization. We have a fantastic group of dedicated and skilled employees at Cardiome who have succeeded despite the many challenges faced over the past few years, and I am excited about our prospects going forward." stated Mr. Janzen. "I have worked closely with Bob over the past 6 years and look forward to continuing our joint efforts to build Cardiome through this transition and beyond. I want to thank him for his dedication and tremendous contribution to Cardiome, and I wish him well in this next phase of his Cardiome career."

Mr. Rieder, 63, became CEO of Cardiome in March 1998 and Chairman in March 2007. Mr. Janzen, 40, joined Cardiome as Chief Financial Officer in January 2003, and was appointed President and Chief Business Officer in March 2006, at which time he joined the Board of Directors of Cardiome.

About Cardiome Pharma Corp.

Cardiome Pharma Corp. is a product-focused drug development company dedicated to the advancement and commercialization of novel treatments for disorders of the heart and circulatory system. Cardiome is traded on the NASDAQ National Market (CRME) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (COM). For more information, please visit our web site at www.cardiome.com.

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