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Date:9/29/2009

MUMBAI, India, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pharmaceutical Major, Lupin Ltd. announced today the acquisition of US rights for Antara® (Fenofibrate Capsules 43 mg and 130 mg). Lupin acquired the product from Oscient Pharmaceuticals on September 25, 2009, under the procedures of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Antara recorded net sales of US $ 70 million for 2008 (Source: IMS Dec 2008). Lupin paid $ 38.61 million for the product and related assets inclusive of inventory.

Lupin had previously filed an ANDA for Fenofibrate Capsules 43 mg and 130 mg. On September 21, 2009, prior to the acquisition of Antara®, Lupin sold its ANDA to Dr. Reddy's Laboratories. Lupin also settled and resolved the pending litigation regarding the ANDA product.

Prior to the acquisition, Antara® was marketed by Oscient Pharmaceuticals. Antara® has a strong brand equity with primary care physicians treating patients for high LDL-C, Total-C, triglycerides, Apo-B and low HDL-C. The Fenofibrate products market is $ 1.9 Billion for the last 12 months. Antara® has 4.5% share of this market and grew 20 % in revenue this past year. Antara® is prescribed for adjunct treatment of hypercholesterolemia (high blood cholesterol) and hyper-triglyceridemia (high triglycerides) in combination with diet.

The Antara acquisition enables Lupin to enter the primary care market with a three product portfolio. Lupin's Suprax Tabs and Allernaze have strong potential in primary care. Lupin will be more than doubling its sales force size in the next 12 months to reach the key targets for the three products.

"We are very excited with our 2nd NDA acquisition within a span of 4 months. The Antara® acquisition demonstrates Lupin's success in, and commitment to building its brand franchise and equity in the US. It underlines Lupin's differentiated strategy for the US market. Antara® is a step forward that will help us
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