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Lupin is Granted USFDA Approval for Levetiracetam Tablets

BALTIMORE, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (LPI) announced today that it has received final approval for the Company's Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Levetiracetam Tablets 250mg, 500mg, 750mg and 1000mg from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). Commercial shipments of the product have commenced.

Lupin's Levetiracetam tablets are the AB-rated generic equivalent of UCB Pharmaceuticals' Keppra(R) tablets, indicated as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of certain types of seizures associated with epilepsy. Keppra tablets had annual sales of approximately $1.2 billion (USD) for the twelve months ended September 2008, based on IMS Health sales data.

About Lupin

Headquartered in Mumbai, India, Lupin Limited is an innovation led transnational pharmaceutical company producing a wide range of quality, affordable generic and branded formulations and APIs for the developed and developing markets of the world. The Company has secured global leadership position in Anti-TB and Cephalosporins and has a significant presence in the areas of Cardiovasculars (prils and statins), Diabetology, Asthma and NSAIDs.

The Company's R&D endeavors have resulted in significant progress in its NCE program. The Company's foray into New Drug Delivery Systems has resulted in the development of platform technologies that are being used to develop value-added generic pharmaceuticals.

For the financial year ended March 2008, the Lupin's Revenues and Profit after Tax were Rs.27,730 million (US$ 694 million) and Rs.4,083 million (US$ 102 million) respectively. Please visit for more information about Lupin Ltd.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is the U.S. wholly owned subsidiary of Lupin Limited, which is among the top six Pharmaceutical companies in India. Through its sales and marketing headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is dedicated to delivering high-quality, affordable generic medicines trusted by healthcare professionals and patients across geographies. For more information, visit

Safe Harbor Statement under the U. S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

This release contains forward-looking statements that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Many of these risks, uncertainties and other factors include failure of clinical trials, delays in development, registration and product approvals, changes in the competitive environment, increased government control over pricing, fluctuations in the capital and foreign exchange markets and the ability to maintain patent and other intellectual property protection. The information presented in this release represents management's expectations and intentions as of this date. Lupin expressly disavows any obligation to update the information presented in this release.

*Keppra(R) is a registered trademark of UCB Pharmaceuticals.

    For More Information:
    Contact:  Edith St-Hilaire
    Director of Marketing
    410-576-2000 Ext. 207

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