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Cipher appoints Stefan Aigner to board of directors

Toronto Stock Exchange Symbol: DND

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX: DND) today announced that Dr. Stefan Aigner, M.D., CFA, has been appointed to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Aigner has more than 20 years of experience in the global healthcare industry. He is currently the EVP, Corporate and Business Development for Alpharma, Inc. (NYSE: ALO), a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company. Before joining Alpharma, Dr. Aigner was co-founder and Executive Vice President of Business Development for Reliant Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company that specializes in the development, commercialization and marketing of prescription therapeutic products. During his tenure with Reliant, Dr. Aigner led the company through multiple product acquisitions and significant in-licensing transactions and was responsible for building the company's cardiovascular portfolio through strong partnerships with leading U.S. and European companies. Prior to Reliant, Dr. Aigner was a consultant with leading healthcare consulting firm The Wilkerson Group, where he focused on development of corporate strategies, assessment of new products, and evaluation of potential partnering candidates.

"Dr. Aigner brings a wealth of relevant experience in the U.S. specialty pharmaceutical industry to Cipher's Board," said William Garriock, Chairman of Cipher's Board of Directors. "His broad management expertise and deep experience and proven track record in pharmaceutical corporate and business development make him a valuable addition to our Board."

Dr. Aigner has also served in various medical and scientific roles within leading medical institutions, including the University of Erlangen, Germany; University of Birmingham, U.K.; Free University of Brussels, Belgium; and Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York. Dr. Aigner graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Erlangen, Germany, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Dr. Aigner will serve on Cipher's Nominating and Governance, Compensation and Audit Committees.

About Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Cipher Pharmaceuticals is a drug development company focused on commercializing novel formulations of successful, currently marketed molecules using advanced drug delivery technologies. Cipher's strategy is to in-license products that incorporate proven drug delivery technologies and advance them through the clinical development and regulatory approval stages, after which the products are out-licensed to international partners. Because Cipher's products are based on proven technology platforms applied to currently marketed drugs, they are expected to have lower approval risk, shorter development timelines and significantly lower development costs. The Company's lead compound, CIP-FENOFIBRATE, received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada in the first quarter of 2006. The product is being marketed in the United States by ProEthic Pharmaceuticals under the label Lipofen(TM). In addition, Cipher is developing formulations of the pain reliever tramadol and the acne treatment isotretinoin.

Cipher is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol 'DND' and has approximately 24 million shares outstanding. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this news release, other than those concerning historical financial information, may be forward-looking and therefore subject to various risks and uncertainties. Some forward-looking statements may be identified by words like "may", "will", "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "intend", or "continue" or the negative thereof or similar variations. Certain material factors or assumptions are applied in making forward-looking statements and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Factors that could cause results to vary include those identified in the Company's Annual Information Form and other filings with Canadian securities regulatory authorities, such as the applicability of patents and proprietary technology; possible patent litigation; regulatory approval of products in the Company's pipeline; changes in government regulation or regulatory approval processes; government and third-party payer reimbursement; dependence on strategic partnerships for product candidates and technologies, marketing and R&D services; meeting projected drug development timelines and goals; intensifying competition; rapid technological change in the pharmaceutical industry; anticipated future losses; the ability to access capital to fund R&D; and the ability to attract and retain key personnel. All forward-looking statements presented herein should be considered in conjunction with such filings. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements; such statements speak only as of the date made.

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