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 News Release - January 30, 2008

Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories Ltd. to Market Generic Protonix(R)

DETROIT, Jan. 30 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd. (Amex: CPD ) announced today that it has launched Pantoprazole Sodium Delayed-Release Tablets, 40 mg (Pantoprazole Sodium DR), which is AB-rated to Wyeth's Protonix® DR Tablets, on behalf of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. (Sun Pharma). Sun Pharma recently received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for generic Protonix®, and being one of the first-to-file an ANDA with a Paragraph IV certification, shares a 180-day marketing exclusivity with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Caraco's launch on behalf of Sun Pharma was initiated after the December 22, 2007 launch by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. of generic Pantoprazole Sodium DR tablet products, and after the January 29, 2008 launch by Wyeth of generic Pantoprazole Sodium DR tablets product through its designated distributor.

Sun Pharma is currently involved in patent litigation with Wyeth and Altana (recently acquired by Nycomed) concerning this product in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Although no trial date has yet been set, in September 2007, the District Court denied a motion filed by Wyeth and Altana for a preliminary injunction related to Sun's Pantoprazole Tablets. Wyeth and Altana have appealed the District Court's decision.

Pantoprazole Sodium DR is indicated for the short-term treatment (up to eight weeks) in the healing and symptomatic relief of erosive esophagitis, is indicated for the maintenance of healing erosive esophagitis and reduction in relapse rates of daytime and nighttime heartburn symptoms in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and is indicated for the long-term treatment of pathological hypersecretory conditions, including Zollinger- Ellison syndrome. This new product is bioequivalent to Protonix®, a registered trademark of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. Protonix® 40 mg tablets had U.S. sales of approximately $2.3 billion for the 12-month period ended September 30, 2007, according to IMS Data.

Detroit-based Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd., develops, manufactures, markets and distributes generic and private-label pharmaceuticals to the nation's largest wholesalers, distributors, drugstore chains and managed care providers.

Safe Harbor: This news release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward- looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are contained in the Corporation's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and include, but are not limited to: information of a preliminary nature that may be subject to adjustment, potentially not obtaining or delay in obtaining FDA approval for new products, governmental restrictions on the sale of certain products, development by competitors of new or superior products or cheaper products or new technology for the production of products, the entry into the market of new competitors, market and customer acceptance and demand for new pharmaceutical products, availability of raw materials, timing and success of product development and launches, dependence on few products generating majority of sales, product liability claims for which the Company may be inadequately insured, and other risks identified in this report and from time to time in our periodic reports and registration statements. These forward- looking statements represent our judgment as of the date of this report. We disclaim, however, any intent or obligation to update our forward-looking statements.

Source: Caraco Pharmaceutical

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