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Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Second Amended Complaint in Purported Class Action Lawsuit.

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SVNTE), a specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing, manufacturing and marketing novel therapeutic products that address unmet medical needs, announced today that the plaintiffs in the Consolidated Amended Class Action lawsuit, filed on December 20, 2002 against the Company and three of its former officers, have filed a Second Amended Complaint.

As previously announced by the Company on August 15, 2005, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed, without prejudice and with leave to file an amended Consolidated Complaint, the previous Consolidated Amended Class Action lawsuit which was filed against Bio-Technology General Corporation (BTG), now known as Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The Court's August 2005 decision was based, in part, on the failure of the complaint by the plaintiffs, investors who purchased shares of BTG during the Class Period of April 19, 1999 through August 2, 2002, to set forth particularized facts that give rise to a strong inference that the defendants acted with scienter (the required state of mind), had a motive to commit fraud upon the subject investors or acted with conscious disregard of the truth or recklessness.

The Company intends to continue its vigorous defense against plaintiffs' allegations in this matter.

About Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Based in East Brunswick, New Jersey, Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing, manufacturing and marketing novel therapeutic products that address unmet medical needs. The Company's lead product development candidate, Puricase(R), for the treatment of refractory gout has reported positive Phase 1 and 2 clinical data. Savient's experienced management team is committed to advancing its pipeline and expanding its product portfolio by in-licensing late stage compounds and exploring co-promotion and co-development opportunities that fit the Company's expertise in specialty pharmaceuticals and initial focus in rheumatology. The Company's operations also include a wholly-owned U.K. subsidiary, Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd., which develops, manufactures and markets liquid formulations of prescription pharmaceutical products. Rosemont's product portfolio includes over 90 liquid formulations primarily targeting the geriatric population. Further information on the Company can be accessed by visiting www.savientpharma.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this report regarding the Company's strategy, expected future financial position, discovery and development of products, strategic alliances, competitive position, plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements. Words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "will" and other similar expressions help identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. In particular, the statements regarding the outcome of the Company's defense of the Second Amended Consolidated Class Action lawsuit are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the Company's business and the biopharmaceutical and specialty pharmaceutical industries in which the Company operates. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, delay or failure in developing Prosaptide, Puricase and other product candidates; difficulties of expanding the Company's product portfolio through in-licensing; introduction of generic competition for Oxandrin; fluctuations in buying patterns of wholesalers; potential future returns of Oxandrin or other products; our continuing to incur substantial net losses for the foreseeable future; difficulties in obtaining financing; potential development of alternative technologies or more effective products by competitors; reliance on third-parties to manufacture, market and distribute many of the Company's products; economic, political and other risks associated with foreign operations; risks of maintaining protection for the Company's intellectual property; risks of an adverse determination in on-going or future intellectual property litigation; and risks associated with stringent government regulation of the biopharmaceutical and specialty pharmaceutical industries. The Company may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in its forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements that the Company makes. The Company's forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any future acquisitions, mergers, dispositions, joint ventures or investments that the Company may make. The Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
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