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 News Release - January 17, 2008

APP Pharmaceuticals Receives FDA Approval for Polymyxin B Sulfate for Injection, USP

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--APP Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:APPX ), a leading manufacturer of multi-source and branded injectable pharmaceutical products, today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Polymyxin B Sulfate for Injection, USP, 500,000 units/vial, the equivalent of Bedford Laboratories Polymyxin B Sulfate. APP expects to commence marketing the product in the first quarter of 2008. APP’s polymyxin B is AP-rated, preservative and latex-free, and bar-coded at the individual unit-of-use. According to 2006 IMS data, sales of Polymyxin B Sulfate for Injection exceeded $13 million.

Polymyxin B Sulfate for Injection is indicated for the treatment of acute infections caused by susceptible strains of pseudomonous aeruginosa. It may be used topically or subconjunctively in the treatment of infections of the eye caused by susceptible strains of the same organism. It may also be indicated in the case of serious infections caused by specific indicated organisms.

About APP Pharmaceuticals

APP is a specialty drug company that develops, manufactures and markets injectable pharmaceutical products, focusing on oncology, anti-infective and critical care markets. The company is one of the largest producers of injectables, with more than 100 generic products in more than 400 dosage formulations. APP, headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, has offices in Canada and manufacturing operations in Illinois, New York and Puerto Rico and is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol APPX. For more information about APP and the products it provides, please visit

Forward-Looking Statement

The statements contained in this news release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements in this news release include statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, hopes, goals, intentions, initiatives or strategies, including statements regarding the commercialization of Polymyxin B Sulfate for Injection. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward- looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the continued market acceptance and demand of new and existing products; the difficulties or delays in developing, testing, obtaining regulatory approval of, and producing and marketing of their products; the impact of competitive products and pricing; the availability and pricing of ingredients used in the manufacture of pharmaceutical products; and the ability to successfully manufacture products in a time-sensitive and cost effective manner. Additional relevant information concerning risks can be found in APP Pharmaceuticals Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 filed under the company name Abraxis BioScience, Inc. and other documents it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The information contained in this news release is as of the date of this release. APP assumes no obligations to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press release as the result of new information or future events or developments.

Source: APP Pharmaceuticals

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