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 News Release - April 18, 2007

Sciele Begins to Enroll Patients in a Pivotal Phase III Clinical Trial for the Combination of Pravastatin and Fenofibrate

Combination therapy for the treatment of mixed dyslipidemia

ATLANTA--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Sciele Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCRX ) today announced that it has begun enrolling patients in a pivotal phase III clinical trial using pravastatin and fenofibrate to treat mixed dyslipidemia. Mixed dyslipidemia is the presence of elevated levels of "bad" cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and triglycerides and low levels of "good" cholesterol, high-density lipoproteins (HDL) in the blood.

The phase III clinical trial will be conducted in approximately 500 patients at approximately 60 sites in the United States. This study will compare the combination of pravastatin and fenofibrate to pravastatin alone and fenofibrate alone.

Larry M. Dillaha, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Sciele, said, "We are enthusiastic about the initiation of this phase III trial using the combination of fenofibrate and pravastatin. This combination therapy is designed to treat the growing number of people in the United States who are affected by elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. Pravastatin already is a well-recognized statin that has been used worldwide for the treatment of high cholesterol. We believe this new combination product is an excellent strategic fit for our cardiovascular product portfolio."

Sciele Pharma, Inc. Background

Sciele Pharma, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company specializing in sales, marketing and development of branded prescription products focused on Cardiovascular/Diabetes and Women's Health. The Company's Cardiovascular/Diabetes 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 women and mothers and their babies. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Atlanta, 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

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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 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 the expected growth of our products' sales or increase our costs to sell our products. We may not be able to protect our competitive position for our promoted products from 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. Our new Sular formulation is presently undergoing clinical trial testing. There can be no assurance that the trial results will be positive, and if they are not, we may not be able to market and sell our new Sular formulation.

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 above. 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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