Elite Pharmaceuticals Launches Generic Methadone Tablets

Northvale, New Jersey, UNITED STATES

NORTHVALE, N.J., Nov. 05, 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 the commercial launch of generic methadone hydrochloride 5mg and 10 mg tablets by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Inc., USA (“Glenmark”), Elite’s marketing alliance partner.

Methadone is indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Methadone can also be used for detoxification treatment of opioid addiction (heroin or other morphine-like drugs) or maintenance treatment of opioid addiction in conjunction with appropriate social and medical services.

Through this alliance, Glenmark will sell and distribute certain of Elite’s generic products, including methadone, for which Elite will receive manufacturing and license fees. There are currently four Elite products that Glenmark will sell and, based on IQVIA (formerly QuintilesIMS Health) data, the annual retail sales for the equivalent brand and generic products were approximately $34 million. The launch of the additional products is expected to follow shortly.

“We are excited to begin our Glenmark Pharmaceuticals alliance with the launch of our newly approved generic methadone,” said Nasrat Hakim, President and CEO of Elite.

About Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA is an affiliate of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (GPL), a global innovative pharmaceutical company with operations in more than 50 countries. Glenmark has a diverse pipeline with several compounds in various stages of clinical development, primarily focused in the areas of oncology, respiratory disease and dermatology. Glenmark has improved the lives of millions of patients by offering safe, affordable medications for nearly 40 years. For more information, visit www.glenmarkpharma-us.com.

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 products which have been licensed to TAGI Pharma, Epic Pharma, and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Inc., USA. Elite currently has eleven approved generic products, five generic products filed with the FDA, two approved generic products pending manufacturing site transfer and an NDA filed for SequestOx™. Elite’s 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 operates a GMP and DEA registered facility for research, development, and manufacturing located in Northvale, NJ. Learn more at www.elitepharma.com.

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Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Dianne Will, Investor Relations, 518-398-6222