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Akorn, Inc. Announces the Issuance of New Patent Related to Indocyanine Green.

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. -- Akorn, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has issued U.S. patent number 6,352,663 titled Methods for diagnosing and treating abnormal vasculature using fluorescent dye angiography and dye enhanced photocoagulation.

Dr. Abu Alam, Akorn's Vice President of Research and Development stated, "Indocyanine green (ICG) has great potential for the diagnosis and treatment of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) associated with age related macular degeneration (AMD). The issuance of this patent will further strengthen Akorn's intellectual property position related to ICG and its use in treating AMD."

The patent covers the method for enhancing the clarity of ICG angiograms by employing a relatively high concentration of the dye to precisely identify abnormal vasculatures and targeting a laser to stop the blood flow feeding the CNV. The laser energy is provided to excite the dye as it passes through the blood vessel to maximize the outcome and minimize collateral tissue damage. Essentially, it starves the CNV by a non-invasive method.

Tony Pera, Akorn's president and chief operating officer stated, "ICG is a very important product for Akorn. The issuance of this key patent represents an important milestone for Akorn as it further illustrates our commitment to ICG and the potential it has in the treatment of AMD."

About Akorn, Inc.

Akorn, Inc. manufactures and markets sterile specialty pharmaceuticals, and markets and distributes an extensive line of pharmaceuticals and ophthalmic surgical supplies and related products.

The information contained in this news release, other than historical information, consists of forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements. Such statements, including, but not limited to, the timing of acquiring and developing new products, of bringing them on line and deriving revenues and profits from them, as well as the effects of those revenues and profits on the Company's margin and financial position are uncertain because many of the factor affecting the timing of those items are beyond the Company's control. Such statements are based on management's current expectations, but actual results may differ materially due to various factors including risks and uncertainties mentioned or referred to in this press release or in the filings the Company makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission including it annual reports on Form 10-K and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

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Contact: Ben J. Pothast, Chief Financial Officer of Akorn, Inc., +1-847-279-6100, or Lisa Carlton-Wilson, Investor Relations of In-Site Communications, Inc. for Akorn, Inc., +1-212-759-3929
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