Noven's Estradot Receives First European Marketing Authorization

World's Smallest Transdermal Hormone Replacement Therapy Approved in the Netherlands

-- Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:NOVN), today announced that regulatory authorities in the Netherlands have approved Estradot® (transdermal 17-beta estradiol) for the treatment of menopausal symptoms and for the prevention of post menopausal osteoporosis. The Netherlands will act as the Reference Member State as Novartis, the product's licensee, will seek pan-European approval for Estradot® under the EC Mutual Recognition Procedure.

Estradot®, developed and manufactured by Noven, is a state-of-the-art estrogen patch. At one-third the size of competing products, it is the smallest estrogen patch in the world and offers patients a convenient, comfortable and cosmetically attractive means of administering hormone replacement therapy.

Novartis has licensed Estradot® from Noven in all countries outside of the U.S. and Japan. Novartis and Noven already jointly market the product as Vivelle-Dot™ in the U.S. through their jointly-owned Women's Health company, Vivelle Ventures LLC (also known as Novogyne Pharmaceuticals).

Robert C. Strauss, Noven's President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman, said: "We are pleased that the first European approval for Estradot® is in hand and that the Mutual Recognition Procedure can now begin. Novartis' significant global resources and demonstrated commitment to Women's Health give us great confidence in its ability to successfully commercialize Estradot® in the licensed territories."

About Noven
Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc., headquartered in Miami, Florida, is a leader in the development of transdermal and transmucosal drug delivery technologies and products. Together with Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Noven owns a women's health products company called Novogyne Pharmaceuticals. Noven's existing products include advanced estrogen transdermal delivery systems (including Vivelle® and Vivelle-Dot™, licensed to Novogyne, and Estradot®, licensed to Novartis) and combination estrogen/progestin transdermal delivery systems (including CombiPatch™, licensed to Aventis, and Estalis®, licensed to Novartis). With a range of additional products in development, including once-daily MethyPatch® for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Noven is committed to becoming the world's premier developer, manufacturer and marketer of transdermal and transmucosal drug delivery systems.

For additional information on Noven, visit the company's web site at For information on Noven's Vivelle® and Vivelle-Dot™ products, visit

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