Data from ASCEND-PD Phase III Study of IPX066 to be Presented at the American Academy of Neurology Conference

April 18, 2012

HAYWARD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Impax Pharmaceuticals, the branded products division of Impax Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPXL), today announced that data from the ASCEND-PD Phase III clinical study involving IPX066 will be presented in a Platform Presentation at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in New Orleans, Louisiana, held from April 21 to April 28. IPX066 is an investigational, patented extended release capsule formulation of carbidopa-levodopa (CD-LD) intended for the treatment of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. IPX066 is being developed in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for territories countries outside the U.S. and Taiwan.

The presentation information is as follows:

ASCEND-PD Presentation
Title: Comparison of IPX066, a Novel Investigational Carbidopa-Levodopa (CD-LD) Extended-Release Formulation, and CD-LD-Entacapone (CLE) in Advanced Parkinson’s Disease (ASCEND-PD Trial)

Date: April 24, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: New Orleans Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center
Scientific Session: S02 (Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease)
Abstract Number: S02.005

About the ASCEND-PD study

The ASCEND-PD study is a randomized, double-blind 2-treatment, 2-week crossover study of IPX066 and CLE (a combination treatment of carbidopa-levodopa and entacapone, an enzyme inhibitor of levodopa breakdown), and one of three Phase III studies of IPX066. Study subjects taking a stable dose of CLE were converted to IPX066 over a six-week period, then randomized to one of the two treatments (IPX066 or CLE) for two weeks and then crossed over to the other treatment for an additional two weeks after a one-week washout with IPX066. The study enrolled 110 subjects, and a total of 84 subjects completed the randomized double-blind comparative phase of the study. Following the comparative phase, subjects were enrolled into a six-month open-label extension study.

About IPX066

IPX066 is an investigational extended release capsule formulation of CD-LD which is intended to maintain consistent plasma concentration of levodopa for a longer duration versus immediate release levodopa, which may have an impact on fluctuations in clinical response. It is not approved or licensed anywhere in the world. In December 2011, Impax filed a New Drug Application (NDA) for IPX066 intended for the treatment of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (PD), which is currently undergoing review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Results from the pivotal phase III studies of IPX066, APEX-PD (early PD), ADVANCE-PD (advanced PD) and ASCEND-PD (advanced PD) have previously been announced.

About the Impax GSK collaboration

Impax Pharmaceuticals and GSK announced an agreement for the development and commercialization of IPX066 in December 2010. Under the terms of the agreement, GSK received an exclusive license to register and commercialize IPX066 throughout the world except in the U.S. and Taiwan.

About Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative movement disorder affecting over three million people in the US, Europe, and Japan.

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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