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Par Pharmaceutical Announces Outcome of the Litigation With Pentech Pharmaceuticals

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. (NYSE: PRX) today announced that on February 9, 2009, following a bench trial, the district court entered a judgment in favor of Pentech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and against Par in the amount of $69,955,476. As a result of the court's decision, Par will accrue additional reserves of approximately $28 million on an after-tax basis in the fourth quarter of 2008.

As previously disclosed, on May 3, 2004, Pentech filed an action against the Company in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. This action alleged that Par breached its contract with Pentech relating to the supply and marketing of paroxetine (Paxil(R)).

Par and its counsel received the court's decision yesterday afternoon and are considering the Company's options for appeal.

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Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets generic drugs and innovative branded pharmaceuticals for specialty markets. For press release and other company information, visit

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Certain statements in this news release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. To the extent any statements made in this news release contain information that is not historical, these statements are essentially forward-looking and, as such, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which could cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from those expressed herein. Risk factors that might affect such forward-looking statements include those set forth in Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, in Item 1A of the Company's subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, in other of the Company's filings with the SEC from time to time, including Current Reports on Form 8-K, and on general industry and economic conditions. Any forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date hereof only, based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and, subject to any applicable law to the contrary, the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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