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POZEN Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results

Treximet(R) Branded Print and Television Advertising Commences

Treximet New Prescription Market Share (Oral) Increased from 4.8% to 7.0% and Total Prescription Market Share Increased from 2.8% to 4.3% Between September 5, 2008 and October 17, 2008

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 2008--POZEN Inc. (NASDAQ: POZN), today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2008.

Third-Quarter Financial Results

POZEN reported a net loss of $7.9 million, or $0.26 per share on a diluted basis, for the third quarter of 2008, compared to a net profit of $14.8 million, or $0.48 per share on a diluted basis, for the third quarter of 2007.

For the third quarter of 2008, POZEN reported revenue of $11.1 million as compared to $27.6 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2007. The decrease in revenue was primarily due to the prior year receipt of the $20 million milestone payment from AstraZeneca in September 2007 for the successful completion of the PN 400-104 and PN 200-301 studies.

Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2008 totaled $19.5 million, compared to $11.9 million for the same period in 2007. The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to an increase in development costs for the PN program.

At September 30, 2008, cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $62.0 million compared to $73.9 million at December 31, 2007. POZEN has a $7.7 million receivable balance due from AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) at September 30, 2008.

Nine-Month Financial Results

POZEN reported a net loss of $1.9 million, or $0.06 per share on a diluted basis, for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2008, compared with a net income of $8.9 million, or $0.29 per share on a diluted basis, for the same period in 2007.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2008, POZEN reported revenue of $52.1 million compared to $47.2 million for the same period in 2007. The increase in revenue was primarily due to an increase in development work performed under the AstraZeneca agreement.

Operating expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2008 were $55.7 million as compared to $39.0 million for the comparable period in 2007. The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to an increase in development costs for the PN program. Non-cash stock-based compensation expense was $4.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2008.

    Third Quarter Corporate Developments

    --  GlaxoSmithKline initiated their branded marketing campaign for
        Treximet(R) in late September 2008 with both print and
        televised advertisements. Treximet new prescription market
        share (oral) increased from 4.8% to 7.0% and total
        prescription market share (oral) increased from 2.8% to 4.3%
        between September 5, 2008 and October 17, 2008.

    --  POZEN received notification from Par Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
        that Par has submitted an Abbreviated New Drug Application to
        the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval to market
        sumatriptan 85 mg/naproxen sodium 500 mg tablets, which
        includes a Paragraph IV certification for POZEN's patents
        listed in the FDA Orange Book.

    --  The PN 400 pivotal trials will be completed by year end. POZEN
        anticipates top line results to be available during the first
        quarter of 2009.

    --  The FDA has informed POZEN that they are conducting an
        internal review on the acceptability of using endoscopic
        gastric ulcers as a primary endpoint in clinical studies. The
        FDA advised that the internal meeting could take place as soon
        as the FDA could gather all the interested parties together,
        but the FDA did not expect that to happen until the first
        quarter of 2009.

    Financial Guidance

For the 2008 year, POZEN expects total revenue to be in the range of $62 to $64 million, including revenue of $25 to $27 million for work performed under the company's collaboration agreements. Due to delays in GSK's marketing campaign, POZEN now estimates Treximet royalties to be in the range of $1.6 to $2.6 million. Total operating expenses for the 2008 year are expected to be in the range of $73 to $75 million. Operating expenses include approximately $6 million of estimated non-cash stock-based compensation expense. POZEN expects to end the year with over $53 million in cash and short-term investments.

Third-Quarter Results Webcast

POZEN will hold a webcast to present third quarter results and management's outlook on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. The webcast can be accessed live and will be available for replay at www.pozen.com.

About POZEN

POZEN is a pharmaceutical company committed to developing therapeutic advancements for diseases with unmet medical needs where it can improve efficacy, safety, and/or patient convenience. POZEN's efforts are focused primarily on the development of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of acute and chronic pain and other pain-related conditions. POZEN has development and commercialization alliances with GlaxoSmithKline for Treximet, which was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the acute treatment of migraine attacks, with or without aura, in adults, and with AstraZeneca for proprietary fixed dose combinations of naproxen with the proton pump inhibitor esomeprazole magnesium in a single tablet for conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in patients who are at risk for developing NSAID-associated gastric ulcers. The company's common stock is traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol "POZN". For detailed company information, including copies of this and other press releases, see POZEN's website: www.pozen.com.

Statements included in this press release that are not historical in nature are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You should be aware that our actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, which are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, our failure to successfully commercialize our product candidates; costs and delays in the development and/or FDA approval of our product candidates, including as a result of the need to conduct additional studies, or the failure to obtain such approval of our product candidates, including as a result of changes in regulatory standards or the regulatory environment during the development period of any of our product candidates, such as the current uncertainty regarding primary clinical endpoints for our PN and PA programs; uncertainties in clinical trial results or the timing of such trials, resulting in, among other things, an extension in the period over which we recognize deferred revenue or our failure to achieve milestones that would have provided us with revenue; our inability to maintain or enter into, and the risks resulting from our dependence upon, collaboration or contractual arrangements necessary for the development, manufacture, commercialization, marketing, sales and distribution of any products, including our dependence on GlaxoSmithKline for the sales and marketing of Treximet; competitive factors, including the potential introduction of competing generic products; our inability to protect our patents or proprietary rights and obtain necessary rights to third party patents and intellectual property to operate our business; our inability to operate our business without infringing the patents and proprietary rights of others; general economic conditions; the failure of any products to gain market acceptance; our inability to obtain any additional required financing; technological changes; government regulation; changes in industry practice; and one-time events, including those discussed herein and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2008. We do not intend to update any of these factors or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements.


                              POZEN Inc.
                       Statements of Operations
                             (Unaudited)

                         Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
                            September 30,           September 30,
                       ----------------------- -----------------------
                             2008        2007        2008        2007
                       ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Revenue:
      Licensing
       revenue        $ 3,603,100 $23,205,920 $31,973,196 $30,607,920
      Development
       revenue          7,542,097   4,423,556  20,125,043  16,611,943
                       ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Total Revenue          11,145,197  27,629,476  52,098,239  47,219,863
Operating expenses:
   General and
    administrative      3,088,496   2,248,897   9,080,337   8,404,001
   Research and
    development        16,368,178   9,679,872  46,624,932  30,587,889
                       ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Total operating
 expenses              19,456,674  11,928,769  55,705,269  38,991,890
Investment income         456,497     781,516   1,714,901   2,317,536
                       ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Income (loss) before
 provision for income
 tax                   (7,854,980) 16,482,223  (1,892,129) 10,545,509
Provision for income
 tax                            -  (1,645,099)          -  (1,645,099)
                       ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Net income (loss)
 attributable to
 common stockholders  $(7,854,980)$14,837,124 $(1,892,129)$ 8,900,410
                       =========== =========== =========== ===========

Basic net income
 (loss) per common
share                 $     (0.26)$      0.50 $     (0.06)$      0.30
                       =========== =========== =========== ===========

Shares used in
 computing basic net
income (loss) per
 common share          29,786,264  29,695,596  29,756,359  29,555,787
                       =========== =========== =========== ===========

Diluted net income
 (loss) per common
share                 $     (0.26)       0.48 $     (0.06)       0.29
                       =========== =========== =========== ===========

Shares used in
 computing diluted net
income (loss) per
 common share          29,786,264  30,598,807  29,756,359  30,627,282
                       =========== =========== =========== ===========
                              POZEN Inc.
                            Balance Sheets
                             (Unaudited)

                                          September 30,   December 31,
                                              2008            2007
                                          -------------   ------------
                 ASSETS
Current assets:
 Cash and cash equivalents               $   17,030,314  $  37,660,068
 Investments                                 45,015,772     36,282,108
 Accounts receivable                          7,666,458      2,129,003
 Prepaid expenses and other current
  assets                                        193,831      1,198,397
                                          -------------   ------------
    Total current assets                     69,906,375     77,269,576
Equipment, net of accumulated
 depreciation                                    77,783        117,485
                                          -------------   ------------
    Total assets                         $   69,984,158  $  77,387,061
                                          =============   ============


  LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
 Accounts payable                        $    2,224,302  $   2,536,040
 Accrued compensation                         1,632,453      1,392,849
 Accrued expenses                             4,721,600      3,796,164
 Deferred revenue                            13,932,552     15,936,125
                                          -------------   ------------
    Total current liabilities                22,510,907     23,661,178

Long-term liabilities:
   Deferred revenue                           9,699,413     18,475,074
                                          -------------   ------------
Total liabilities                            32,210,320     42,136,252

Total stockholders' equity                   37,773,838     35,250,809
                                          -------------   ------------
    Total liabilities and stockholders'
     equity                              $   69,984,158  $  77,387,061
                                          =============   ============

CONTACT: POZEN Inc.
Bill Hodges, Chief Financial Officer, 919-913-1030
Fran Barsky, Director, Investor Relations, 919-913-1044

SOURCE: POZEN Inc.