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 News Release - March 7, 2006

Par Pharmaceutical Resumes Shipment Of Generic Flonase(R)

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y., March 7 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. (NYSE: PRX ) today announced that it has resumed shipment of fluticasone propionate nasal spray, 50mcg., which is fully substitutable for GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Flonase. On February 23, Par halted all shipments in compliance with a temporary restraining order (TRO) granted to GSK by the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Last evening, the court denied GSK's motion for a preliminary injunction to set aside the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) final decision approving an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for a generic version of Flonase. The court also lifted the suspension of the FDA's approval of an ANDA for a generic version of Flonase and the TRO was permitted to expire. This decision permits the marketing and sale of generic versions of Flonase to resume. Flonase is a synthetic corticosteroid anti-inflammatory agent indicated for the management of the nasal symptoms of seasonal and perennial allergic and nonallergic rhinitis in adults and pediatric patients 4 years of age and older. Annual U.S. sales of Flonase exceed $900 million.

Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets generic drugs and innovative branded pharmaceuticals for specialty markets. In 2005, Par received approval for and introduced MegaceŽ ES, its first branded pharmaceutical product, and expects to launch its second in 2006. Par's Generic Products Division is committed to providing high-quality pharmaceuticals that are affordable and accessible to patients. Par manufactures, markets or licenses more than 100 generic drugs. For press release and other company information, visit

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