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 News Release - May 7, 2007

CollaGenex Pharmaceuticals Discontinues 40 mg Cohort of Phase II Dose-Finding Study of Incyclinide for the Treatment of Acne

NEWTOWN, Pa.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--CollaGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CGPI ) today announced that it has discontinued treatment of all enrolled patients participating in the 40 mg cohort of its Phase II dose-finding study of incyclinide for the treatment of acne. On May 2, 2007, CollaGenex announced that it had suspended enrollment of new patients in this cohort pending investigation of apparent significant photo-toxicity in one patient. Subsequently, the Company has learned of another case of apparent photo-toxicity and has discontinued treatment of all patients in this cohort. Following further investigation, CollaGenex will meet with the FDA to discuss the ongoing development program for incyclinide.

Klaus Theobald, M.D., Ph.D., said, "One of the objectives of our Phase II dose-finding study of incyclinide for the treatment of acne was to determine a maximum effective or maximum tolerated dose. We have already identified a minimum effective dose at 10 mg and greater efficacy at 20 mg, with side effects similar to placebo at these doses. Because we have determined there to be unacceptable drug-related adverse events in the 40 mg cohort, we are discontinuing this cohort. Since we observed no adverse events at lower doses, we are evaluating our options for the continuing development of incyclinide in acne at lower doses, and we are continuing the Phase II dose-finding trial of incyclinide for the treatment of rosacea."

CollaGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company currently focused on developing and marketing proprietary, innovative medical therapies to the dermatology market. In July 2006, CollaGenex launched Oracea, the first FDA-approved systemic product for the treatment of rosacea. CollaGenex's professional dermatology sales force also markets Pandel, a prescription topical corticosteroid licensed from Altana, Inc., Alcortin® (1% iodoquinol and 2% hydrocortisone), a prescription topical antifungal steroid combination, and Novacort® (2% hydrocortisone acetate and 1% pramoxine HCl), a prescription topical steroid and anesthetic. Alcortin and Novacort are marketed by the Company under a Promotion and Cooperation agreement with Primus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. CollaGenex is conducting two Phase II dose-finding studies to evaluate its second dermatology candidate, incyclinide, for the treatment of acne and rosacea, respectively. CollaGenex is also conducting Phase II clinical trials to evaluate COL-118, a topical compound based on the SansRosa technology, for the treatment of redness associated with rosacea and other skin disorders.

Research has shown that compounds can be created by chemically modifying certain tetracyclines and that these new compounds have properties that may make them effective in treating diseases involving inflammation and/or destruction of the body's connective tissues. CollaGenex is evaluating various chemically modified tetracyclines (so called "IMPACS"(TM) compounds because they are Inhibitors of Multiple Proteases And CytokineS) to assess whether they are safe and effective in these applications. The Company has a pipeline of innovative product candidates with possible applications in dermatology and other disease states. In addition, CollaGenex has acquired the SansRosa(TM) technology, which consists of a class of compounds that have shown promise in reducing the redness associated with rosacea, and the Restoraderm® technology, a unique, proprietary dermal drug delivery system. CollaGenex plans to leverage these platforms to develop a range of topical dermatological products with enhanced pharmacologic and cosmetic properties.

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Statements in this press release regarding management's future expectations, beliefs, intentions, goals, strategies, plans or prospects, including statements relating to the Company's revenue, net loss and expenses and future cash position, including the first quarter of 2007 and for the remainder of fiscal year 2007, and its future research and development efforts, including the Company's clinical and development programs relating to Oracea, incyclinide and COL-118 and its dermatology franchise, product pipeline and intellectual, property, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "could increase the likelihood," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "is planned," "may," "should," "will," "will enable," "would be expected," "look forward," "may provide," "would" or similar terms, variations of such terms or the negative of those terms. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors including those risks, uncertainties and factors referred to in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the section "Risk Factors," as well as other documents that may be filed by CollaGenex from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of such risks, uncertainties and factors, the Company's actual results may differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements discussed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. CollaGenex is providing the information in this press release as of this date and assumes no obligations to update the information included in this press release or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Periostat®, Restoraderm® and Oracea® are registered trademarks and IMPACS(TM) and SansRosa(TM) are trademarks of CollaGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Novacort® and Alcortin® are trademarks of Primus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Pandel® is a trademark of Taisho Pharmaceuticals.

Atridox®, Atrisorb® and Atrisorb-D® are registered trademarks of Tolmar, Inc.

MetroGel® is a registered trademark of Galderma S.A.

All other trade names, trademarks or service marks are the property of their respective owners and are not the property of CollaGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. or any of our subsidiaries.

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