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POZEN Submits New Drug Application to the U.S. FDA for MT 300 for the Acute Treatment of Migraine

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2002--POZEN Inc. (Nasdaq: POZN), a pharmaceutical development company with a portfolio of product candidates for the treatment of migraine, announced the submission today of a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for marketing approval of MT 300 for the acute treatment of migraine with or without aura.

"I am pleased that we have filed the MT 300 NDA on time and completed a challenging set of goals for 2002, including our earlier submission of a Marketing Authorization Application in the U.K. for our first-line oral migraine therapy, MT 100," said John R. Plachetka, Pharm.D., chairman, president, and chief executive officer of POZEN. "Not only is this submission the first step to bringing an alternative, convenient injectable migraine product to many sufferers, but I am particularly proud of our team of dedicated scientists who achieved this milestone for POZEN."

MT 300 is designed to provide long-lasting pain relief for patients needing a convenient injectable therapy for severe migraine. MT 300 is being developed as a new, improved formulation of dihydroergotamine mesylate (DHE) in a convenient pre-filled syringe that is suitable for at-home use.

POZEN is a pharmaceutical development company committed to building a portfolio of products with significant commercial potential in select therapeutic areas. POZEN's initial focus is on developing products for migraine therapy, a global market expected to exceed $2.8 billion this year. The company's common stock is traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol "POZN."

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 products; costs and delays in the development and FDA approval of our products; our inability to enter into or maintain, and the risks resulting from our dependence upon, collaboration or contractual arrangements necessary for the development, manufacture, commercialization, marketing, sales and distribution of our products; competitive factors; 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 our 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 quarterly period ended September 30, 2002 under "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations." 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 is on the Internet at www.pozen.com.

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POZEN Inc.
Matt Czajkowski
Chief Financial Officer
919-913-1030
or
Lisa Barthelemy
Director, Investor Relations
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