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Transcept Pharmaceuticals Scheduled to Meet With FDA to Discuss Intermezzo(R) Complete Response Letter
Date:11/23/2009

POINT RICHMOND, Calif., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSPT) today announced that it is scheduled to meet with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 20, 2010 to discuss the Complete Response Letter regarding the New Drug Application (NDA) for Intermezzo® (zolpidem tartrate sublingual tablet). As previously announced, the Complete Response Letter, received by Transcept on October 28, 2009, indicated that the FDA could not approve the NDA in its present form. The NDA seeks approval to market Intermezzo® for use as-needed for the treatment of insomnia when a middle of the night awakening is followed by difficulty returning to sleep.

Following the receipt of official FDA minutes of the meeting, Transcept plans to provide an update on its discussions with the FDA and the status of the anticipated Intermezzo® NDA resubmission.

About Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of proprietary products that address important therapeutic needs in neuroscience. The most advanced Transcept product candidate is Intermezzo® (zolpidem tartrate sublingual tablet), for which a New Drug Application (NDA) was submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2008 seeking approval as a prescription sleep aid for use in the middle of the night at the time a patient awakens and has difficulty returning to sleep. In October 2009 Transcept received a Complete Response Letter from the FDA on the Intermezzo® NDA in which the FDA stated that it could not approve the NDA in its present form. Transcept is working to respond to issues raised in the letter. Transcept and Purdue
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