Noven To Resume Shipment of Vivelle-Dot®

-- Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVN) today provided an update on the status of its Vivelle-Dot® product.

On October 30, Noven announced that Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Novartis) was expected to recall a quantity of Noven’s Vivelle-Dot product, and that Noven had suspended shipments of Vivelle-Dot and Estradot® pending product testing and analysis to determine the scope of the issue.

Following an analysis of current data, the quality teams of Noven and Novartis have agreed that the probable cause of the issue is related to the use of certain rolls of patch backing material provided by a raw material supplier.

Novartis has decided to recall all Vivelle-Dot product containing the suspect patch backing material, and has authorized Noven to immediately resume shipment of Vivelle-Dot and Estradot product that does not contain this material. Noven is continuing to conduct product testing and analysis. Noven estimates that the decision to recall all product containing the suspect backing material will reduce Noven's net income for the 2003 fourth quarter by approximately $600,000.

"We are pleased to receive authorization to ship," said Robert C. Strauss, Noven's President, CEO & Chairman, "and that there has been no interruption in trade supplies as a result of this issue."

About Noven
Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc., headquartered in Miami, Florida, is a leading developer of advanced transdermal drug delivery technologies and prescription transdermal products. Together with Novartis, Noven owns a women’s health products company called Novogyne Pharmaceuticals. Noven’s existing products include advanced estrogen transdermal delivery systems (including Vivelle-Dot®, licensed to Novogyne, 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 becoming the world’s premier transdermal drug delivery company. For additional information on Noven, visit

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