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 News Release - June 29, 2007

Akorn, Inc. Announces the New Drug Application (NDA) Filing for Akten(R)

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKRX ) today announced the filing of NDA 22-221 for AktenŽ Ophthalmic Gel 3.5%, a topical, ocular anesthetic formulation. Based on the pre-NDA meeting April 25, 2007 with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the dose and the overall structure of the NDA submission was finalized. The NDA was filed after a 209 randomized patient, placebo controlled clinical trial was conducted, which subsequently met the primary endpoints in all three dosing arms. AktenŽ is projected to be launched in the first half of 2008.

AktenŽ is a novel, unit dose, preservative free gel formulation intended to be used in any ocular procedure that requires a topical anesthetic agent. The estimated market size for AktenŽ is approximately six million procedures annually. These procedures include cataract surgery, refractive surgery, Lasik surgery, and intravitreal injections. Akorn has filed two United States patents and one International patent on the formulation and method of use of AktenŽ.

Arthur S. Przybyl, Akorn's President and Chief Executive Officer stated, "This is a very important milestone in our Company's history. AktenŽ is our first internally developed NDA drug product, and is manufactured at our Somerset, NJ facility. AktenŽ will be marketed directly to ophthalmologists with a targeted detail sales team."

Abu Alam, Ph.D., Akorn's Senior Vice President of New Business Development and AktenŽ's Clinical Study Director stated, "The filed indication for AktenŽ is for ocular surface anesthesia during ophthalmologic procedures and is based on the results of our clinical trial and discussions with the FDA. We would like to thank Drs. Elias Reichel and Brandon Busbee, who collaborated with Akorn on AktenŽ's clinical trial design and patent filings."

About Akorn, Inc.

Akorn, Inc. manufactures and markets sterile specialty pharmaceuticals. Akorn has manufacturing facilities located in Decatur, Illinois and Somerset, New Jersey and markets and distributes an extensive line of hospital and ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. Additional information is available at the Company's website at

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Source: Akorn

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