Noven Earns Milestone Payment Under Development Collaboration With P&G Pharmaceuticals

-- Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVN) today announced that it has earned a $500,000 cash payment for attaining a development milestone under its product development agreement with P&G Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (P&GP), a subsidiary of The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG). Noven expects to report the payment as license and contract revenues in the fourth quarter of 2003.

Under the agreement, signed in April 2003, Noven is developing prescription transdermal drug delivery systems for P&GP. The parties have not disclosed the compounds or therapeutic category addressed by the patches under development.

About Noven
Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc., headquartered in Miami, Florida, is a leading developer of advanced transdermal drug delivery technologies and prescription transdermal products. Noven’s products include advanced estrogen transdermal delivery systems (including Vivelle-Dot®, licensed to Novogyne Pharmaceuticals, and Estradot®, licensed to Novartis Pharma AG) and combination estrogen/progestin transdermal delivery systems (including CombiPatch®, licensed to Novogyne, and Estalis®, licensed to Novartis Pharma AG). With a range of additional products in development, Noven is committed to remaining at the forefront of transdermal drug delivery. For further information on Noven, including licensing opportunities, visit

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