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 News Release - December 20, 2006

Sciele Pharma Signs Exclusive Zovirax(R) Promotional Agreement with Biovail

ATLANTA--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Sciele Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCRX ), a specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced that it has entered into a promotional agreement, which has an initial term of five years, with an affiliate of Biovail Corporation (NYSE:BVF ) to provide promotional support for Zovirax® in the United States. Zovirax® is a topical form of the drug acyclovir, which is used in the treatment of Type I (cold sores) and Type II (genital) herpes simplex viruses.

Under the terms of the agreement, Sciele Pharma will receive ongoing promotional fees and will be entitled to additional incentive fees after certain dollar baseline targets are met. The Company expects the agreement to be immediately accretive and is increasing its revenue guidance for full-year 2007 to $335 million to $350 million, a $10 to $15 million increase from its previously announced guidance. The Company also is increasing its full-year 2007 earnings per share guidance to $1.53 to $1.62 per share, an increase of $0.08 to $0.12, from its previously announced guidance.

Patrick Fourteau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sciele Pharma, stated, "We are pleased to begin our partnership with Biovail. This collaboration is further evidence of the successful execution of our business platform and the capabilities demonstrated by our sales force. This transaction provides us with the opportunity to leverage our sales force and expand our presence in the Women's Health area in advance of the introduction of the new Optinate formulation in the first half of 2007."

UBS Securities LLC acted as advisor to Sciele Pharma on this transaction.

About Sciele Pharma, Inc.

Sciele Pharma, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company specializing in sales, marketing and development of branded prescription products focused on Cardiovascular/Metabolic and Women's Health. The Company's Cardiovascular/Metabolic products treat patients with high cholesterol, hypertension, high triglycerides, unstable angina and Type 2 diabetes, and its Women's Health products are designed to improve the health and well-being of mothers and their babies. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and founded in 1992, Sciele Pharma employs more than 800 people. The Company's success is based on placing the needs of patients first, improving health and quality of life and implementing its business platform - an Entrepreneurial Spirit, Innovation, Speed of Execution, Simplicity and Teamwork. For more information about Sciele Pharma and its products, visit

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements (in addition to historical facts) that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to materially differ from those described. Although we believe that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot promise that our expectations will turn out to be correct. Our actual results could be materially different from and worse than our expectations. With respect to such forward-looking statements, we seek the protections afforded by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These risks include, without limitation:

We may not attain expected revenues and earnings; if we are unsuccessful in obtaining third party payor contracts for our products, we may experience reductions in sales levels and may fail to reach anticipated sales levels. If demand for our products exceeds our initial expectations or the ability of our suppliers to provide demand-meeting quantities of product and samples, our future ability to sell these products could be adversely impacted. The potential growth rate for our promoted products may be limited by slower growth for the class of drugs to which our promoted products belong and unfavorable clinical studies about such class of drugs. We may encounter problems in the manufacture or supply of our products, for which we depend entirely on third parties.

Strong competition exists in the sales of our promoted products, which could adversely affect expected growth of our promoted products' sales or increase our costs to sell our promoted products. We may not be able to protect our competitive position for our promoted products from patent infringers.

Altoprev has experienced manufacturing issues; if the issues recur and cannot be resolved, our ability to acquire the product for sale and sampling will be adversely affected. Sales of our Robinul product have been adversely affected by the introduction of knock-off and generic product.

We may incur unexpected costs in integrating new products into our operations. If we have difficulties acquiring new products or rights to market new products from third parties, our financial results could be adversely impacted. We may be unable to develop or market line extensions for our products including Sular, Triglide, Fortamet, and our Prenate Line or, even if developed, obtain patent protection for our line extensions. Further, introductions by us of line extensions of our existing products may require that we make unexpected changes in our estimates for future product returns and reserves for obsolete inventory. If these risks occur, our operating results would be adversely affected; our licensor/supplier can terminate our rights to commercialize Nitrolingual and the 60 dose size of this product has not yet met our expectation.

We depend on a small senior management group, the departure of any member of which would likely adversely affect our business. An adverse interpretation or ruling by one of the taxing jurisdictions in which we operate could adversely impact our operating results. A small number of customers account for a large portion of our sales and the loss of one of them, or changes in their purchasing patterns, could result in substantially reduced sales and adversely impact our financial results. If third-party payors do not adequately reimburse patients for our products, doctors may not prescribe them. Further, our business is subject to increasing government price controls and other healthcare cost-containment measures. Side effects or marketing or manufacturing problems with our products could result in product liability claims which could be costly to defend and could result in the withdrawal or recall of products from the market.

We rely on operational data obtained from IMS, an industry accepted data source. IMS data may not accurately reflect actual prescriptions (for instance, we believe IMS data does not capture all product prescriptions from some non-retail channels). An adverse judgment in the securities class action litigation in which we and certain current and former directors and executive officers are defendants could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and liquidity.

If we fail to obtain, or encounter difficulties in obtaining, regulatory approval for new products or new uses of existing products, or if our development agreements are terminated, we will have expended significant resources for no return. Our business and products are highly regulated. The regulatory status of some of our products makes these products subject to increased competition and other risks, and we run the risk that we, or third parties on whom we rely, could violate the governing regulations; if generic competitors that compete with any of our products are introduced, our revenues may be adversely affected. Some unforeseen difficulties may occur.

The above are some of the principal factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements included herein. These factors are not intended to represent a complete list of all risks and uncertainties inherent in our business, and should be read in conjunction with the more detailed cautionary statements and risk factors included in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Source: Sciele Pharma

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