November 15, 2011

Intellipharmaceutics' Manufacturing Facility Passes FDA cGMP and Pre-Approval Inspection

TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. (Nasdaq:IPCI) (TSX:I), a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development, and manufacture of novel and generic controlled-release and targeted-release oral solid dosage drugs, today announced that its Toronto-based oral solid dosage forms manufacturing facility has completed a cGMP and pre-approval inspection process by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") and has been granted "acceptable" status under the Agency's strict regulatory guidelines. Intellipharmaceutics' Toronto manufacturing facility was previously inspected and approved by the Canadian regulatory authorities, Health Canada. Intellipharmaceutics currently has six Abbreviated New Drug Applications ("ANDAs") being reviewed by the FDA for the purpose of achieving regulatory approval.

"We are extremely pleased and proud of the acceptable regulatory status issued by the FDA regarding our manufacturing facility," stated Dr. Isa Odidi, CEO of Intellipharmaceutics. "Passing this pre-approval inspection is a key milestone for Intellipharmaceutics. This positive FDA inspection result is a true reflection of the quality of our facilities and manufacturing processes. It demonstrates the progress we are making towards the completion of our manufacturing infrastructure in anticipation of approval and commercialization of our products in the U.S. marketplace."

Intellipharmaceutics develops both ANDA product candidates and new drugs through the New Drug Application (NDA) 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway. No assurance can be given as to whether or when the FDA will approve any Intellipharmaceutics application.

About the facility

Intellipharmaceutics' state of the art manufacturing facility in Toronto produces oral solid dosage forms such as controlled-release and targeted-release tablets, spheres, beads and capsules. The manufacturing facility supports current and future drug applications by Intellipharmaceutics for the U.S. market.

About Intellipharmaceutics

Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. is a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of novel or generic controlled-release and targeted-release oral solid dosage drugs. The Company's patented Hypermatrix™ technology is a unique, demonstrated-in-man, multidimensional controlled-release drug delivery platform that can be applied to the efficient development of a wide range of existing and new pharmaceuticals. Based on this technology, Intellipharmaceutics has a pipeline of products in various stages of development, including six ANDAs under review by the FDA, in therapeutic areas that include neurology, cardiovascular, GIT, pain and infection.

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         Glenn Neumann

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         investors@intellipharmaceutics.com


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