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Feb 08, 2018
Elite Pharmaceuticals and SunGen Pharma File ANDA

NORTHVALE, N.J., Feb. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Elite" or the "Company") (OTCBB:ELTP) a specialty pharmaceutical company developing abuse-deterrent opioids and niche generic products, today announced that it has filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a generic version of an immediate release CNS stimulant. The ANDA represents the first filing for a product co-developed with SunGen Pharma, LLC ("SunGen") under the Development and License Agreement ("Agreement"). According to IMS Health data the branded product and its equivalents had total U.S. sales of more than $400 million for the twelve months ending September 30, 2017.

Under the terms of the Agreement, the product will be owned jointly by Elite and SunGen. Elite shall have the exclusive right to market and sell the product using Elite's label. Elite will also manufacture and package the product on a cost-plus basis.

"The filing of this ANDA represents the first of many products being developed under this Development and License Agreement with our partner, SunGen," said Nasrat Hakim, President and CEO of Elite.  "In addition to our SequestOx™ NDA filing, Elite now has five ANDAs pending with the FDA."

"The strategic partnership with Elite is progressing exceedingly well," said Dr. Jim Huang, Co-CEO of SunGen. "And we are very pleased with the filing of this first ANDA with more to follow."

About SunGen Pharma LLC
SunGen Pharma, LLC is a privately held specialty pharmaceutical company which develops, contract manufactures, and sells pharmaceutical finished products. SunGen specializes in the development of oral solid extended release and complex injectable products. SunGen has business partnerships with many US-based generic pharmaceutical companies to develop, manufacture, and sell several pharmaceutical products in the US.

About Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company which is developing a pipeline of proprietary pharmacological abuse deterrent opioid products as well as niche generic products.  Elite specializes in oral sustained and controlled release drug products which have high barriers to entry.  Elite owns generic and OTC products which have been licensed to TAGI Pharma, Epic Pharma, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.  Elite currently has nine commercial products being sold, five products filed with the FDA, additional approved products pending manufacturing site transfer and the NDA filing for SequestOx™.  Elite's lead pipeline products include abuse-deterrent opioids which utilize the Company's patented proprietary technology and a once-daily opioid.  These products include sustained release oral formulations of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain. These formulations are intended to address two major limitations of existing oral opioids: the provision of consistent relief of baseline pain levels and deterrence of potential opioid abuse.  Elite also provides contract manufacturing for Ascend Laboratories (a subsidiary of Alkem Laboratories Ltd.). Elite operates a GMP and DEA registered facility for research, development, and manufacturing located in Northvale, NJ. Learn more at www.elitepharma.com.

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Including those related to the effects, if any, on future results, performance or other expectations that may have some correlation to the subject matter of this press release, readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, Elite's ability to obtain FDA approval of the transfers of the ANDAs or the timing of such approval process, delays, uncertainties, inability to obtain necessary ingredients and other factors not under the control of Elite, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of Elite to be materially different from the results, performance or other expectations that may be implied by these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements may include statements regarding the expected timing of approval, if at all, of SequestOx™ by the FDA, and the actions the FDA require of Elite in order to obtain approval of the NDA. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future action or performance. These risks and other factors, including, without limitation, Elite's ability to obtain sufficient funding under the LPC Agreement or from other sources, the timing or results of pending and future clinical trials, regulatory reviews and approvals by the Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory authorities and intellectual property protections and defenses, are discussed in Elite's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its reports on forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. Elite is under no obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:
Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Dianne Will, Investor Relations
518-398-6222
Dianne@elitepharma.com

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