Impax Pharmaceuticals Initiates Phase IIb Trial of IPX159 in Restless Legs Syndrome

December 19, 2011

HAYWARD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Impax Pharmaceuticals, the branded products division of Impax Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPXL), announced that it has initiated a Phase IIb trial of its drug candidate IPX159 in patients with moderate to severe Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).

“We are pleased to advance IPX159 to this Phase IIb study, which will help establish its clinical profile in moderate to severe RLS patients. We look forward to reporting the results from this study and providing an update on the program in mid-2013,” said Suneel Gupta, Ph.D., chief scientific officer, Impax Pharmaceuticals.

The Phase IIb study is a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, safety and efficacy study to evaluate IPX159 in the treatment of moderate to severe RLS. The trial is expected to randomize approximately 120 adult subjects who will receive either IPX159 or placebo and will be treated for up to 11 weeks. The trial will be conducted at multiple sites in North America. The primary endpoint is the International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group (IRLSSG) Rating Scale.

About IPX159

IPX159 is an oral controlled-release formulation of a small molecule that has an established pharmacological and safety profile for non-RLS use outside the U.S. and may represent a novel mechanism of action in RLS. Impax has previously completed a proof of concept study with the molecule in RLS patients.

About Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a condition characterized by an irresistible urge to move ones’ limbs, most commonly the legs, to stop uncomfortable sensations. RLS symptoms generally worsen in the evening, are made worse by rest or inactivity, and commonly cause insomnia and involuntary leg movements during sleep. There are approximately 25 million RLS sufferers in the US.

About Impax Laboratories, Inc.

Impax Laboratories, Inc. is a technology-based specialty pharmaceutical company applying its formulation expertise and drug delivery technology to the development of controlled-release and specialty generics in addition to the development of branded products. Impax markets its generic products through its Global Pharmaceuticals division and markets its branded products through the Impax Pharmaceuticals division. Additionally, where strategically appropriate, Impax has developed marketing partnerships to fully leverage its technology platform. Impax is headquartered in Hayward, California, with a full range of capabilities located in its Hayward, Philadelphia and Taiwan facilities. For more information, please visit the Company's Web site at:

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