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 News Release - January 3, 2006

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Completes Acquisition of Hep-C Drug Infergen(R) From InterMune

COSTA MESA, Calif.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Jan. 3, 2006--Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE:VRX ) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of the United States and Canadian rights to the hepatitis C drug Infergen® (interferon alfacon-1) from InterMune, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITMN ) following early termination by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976.

Infergen or consensus interferon, is a bio-optimized, selective and highly potent type 1 interferon alpha originally developed by Amgen and launched in the United States in 1997. It is currently indicated as monotherapy for the treatment of adult patients suffering from chronic hepatitis C viral infections with compensated liver disease and is dosed three times per week. Infergen is the only interferon with data in the label regarding use in patients following relapse or non-response to certain previous treatments.

Important Safety Information

Alpha interferons, including Infergen, cause or aggravate fatal or life-threatening neuropsychiatric, autoimmune, ischemic, and infectious disorders. Patients should be monitored closely with periodic clinical and laboratory evaluations. Patients with persistently severe or worsening symptoms of these conditions should be withdrawn from therapy. In many, but not all cases, these disorders resolve after stopping Infergen therapy. The most common side effects are flu-like symptoms (i.e., headache, fatigue, fever, myalgia, and rigors). Physicians and patients can obtain additional prescribing information regarding Infergen, including the product's safety profile and the box warning for all interferon alphas regarding neuropsychiatric, autoimmune, ischemic and infectious disorders, by visiting

About Valeant

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE:VRX ) is a global, research-based specialty pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, manufactures and markets products primarily in the areas of neurology, infectious disease and dermatology. More information about Valeant can be found at

Source: Valeant Pharmaceuticals

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