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Watson Confirms Columbia Laboratories' Filing of Definitive Proxy Relating to Watson's Acquisition of U.S. Rights to CRINONE® Progesterone Gel Product Line
Date:6/1/2010

MORRISTOWN, N.J., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI) today confirmed that Columbia Laboratories, Inc. has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a definitive proxy seeking Columbia shareholder approval of the previously announced agreement under which Watson would acquire the U.S. rights to Columbia's CRINONE® and PROCHIEVE® product line and 11,200,000 shares of Columbia common stock.  

Additionally, Watson confirmed that it has entered into a $15 million loan agreement with Columbia to support Columbia's ongoing investment in the clinical development of the pre-term birth indication for PROCHIEVE®, as well as other Columbia capital requirements.  If the acquisition transaction with Columbia closes before December 31, 2011, all principal and accrued interest on the loan will be forgiven.

"Filing the proxy represents a significant step towards the closing of our acquisition, which will permit both Watson and Columbia shareholders to begin to realize the value of our proposed partnership," said Paul Bisaro, Watson's President and Chief Executive Officer.  "Our forgivable loan to Columbia demonstrates Watson's commitment to supporting the clinical development activities related to PROCHIEVE's expanded pre-term birth indication and to our collaboration with '/>"/>

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