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 News Release - February 22, 2006

Perrigo Company Announces Tentative Approval for Sertraline Hydrochloride Tablets

ALLEGAN, Mich., Feb. 22 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- The Perrigo Company (Nasdaq: PRGO; TASE) today announced that, through a partnership with InvaGen Pharmaceuticals, it has received tentative approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Sertraline Hydrochloride Tablets, 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg. Final approval is subject to the expiration of any applicable exclusivity period enjoyed by another ANDA filer for the same product.

The product is equivalent to Pfizer's Zoloft® Tablets, 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg, indicated for the treatment of depression, and obsessive-compulsive and panic disorders.

Annual U.S. sales for the brand are approximately $3 billion, according to NDC data.

The Perrigo Company is a leading global healthcare supplier and the world's largest manufacturer of over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical and nutritional products for the store brand market. Store brand products are sold by food, drug, mass merchandise, dollar store and club store retailers under their own labels. The Company also develops, manufactures and markets prescription generic drugs, active pharmaceutical ingredients and consumer products, and operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, Israel, United Kingdom, Mexico and Germany. Visit Perrigo on the Internet (http://www.perrigo.com ).

Note: Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are subject to the safe harbor created thereby. These statements relate to future events or the Company's future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements of the Company or its industry to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "could," "would," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "intend," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential" or other comparable terminology. Please see the "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" on pages 33 - 41 of the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended June 25, 2005, as well as the Company's subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, for a discussion of certain important factors that relate to forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.



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