Pernix Announces Patent Litigation Settlement Agreement With Actavis Concerning Zohydro ER

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Jan. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pernix Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTX), a specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced that it has entered into a settlement agreement with Actavis (“Actavis”) resolving patent litigation related to Zohydro® ER (hydrocodone bitartrate). The litigation has been pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and resulted from Actavis’s submission of an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval to market a generic version of Zohydro® ER.

Under the terms of the agreement, Pernix will grant Actavis a license to begin selling a generic version of Zohydro® ER on March 1, 2029, or earlier under certain circumstances.  Other details of the settlement are confidential.  The launch of Actavis’s generic product is contingent upon Actavis receiving final approval from the FDA of its ANDA for a generic version of Zohydro® ER.

“We are pleased to have settled the outstanding litigation and appeal with Actavis,” said John Sedor, Pernix’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “This agreement underscores the strength of our intellectual property around Zohydro® ER, and aids in reducing litigation costs.  We will continue to defend our existing patents, and intend to further expand our intellectual property portfolio around each of our core brands, including Zohydro® ER.”

The settlement agreement also resolves a pending appeal related to a patent litigation between Recro Gainesville LLC and Actavis, which also relates to Actavis’s proposed generic version of Zohydro® ER.

As required by law, the parties will submit the settlement agreement to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice for review.

A patent litigation brought by Pernix against Alvogen Malta Operations Ltd. related to Alvogen’s proposed generic version of Zohydro® ER remains pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

About Pernix Therapeutics
Pernix Therapeutics is a specialty pharmaceutical business with a focus on acquiring, developing and commercializing prescription drugs primarily for the U.S. market.  The Company is currently focused on the therapeutic areas of Neurology and Pain, and has an interest in expanding into additional specialty segments.  The Company promotes its branded products to physicians through its internal sales force and markets its generic portfolio through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Macoven Pharmaceuticals, LLC and Cypress Pharmaceutical, Inc.

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Investor Relations
Bob Yedid
LifeSci Advisors, LLC

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