February 3, 2014

Intellipharmaceutics Receives $3.1 Million From Par Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

- First Profit-Share Payment on 15 and 30 mg Generic Focalin XR® Sales

TORONTO, Feb. 3, 2014 (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 the receipt of approximately $3.1 million as its first payment relating to commercial sales of dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release capsules by its licensee Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. ("Par"). This represents the Company's share of profits for the 15 and 30 mg strengths of the drug product for the period commencing with the first commercial sales of those strengths on November 19, 2013 and ending December 31, 2013 under its License and Commercialization Agreement with Par. Future profit-share payments are expected on a quarterly basis, although the amounts of any such payments cannot now be determined and may vary significantly from time-to-time. All dollar amounts referenced herein are in United States dollars unless otherwise noted.

As the first-filer for the drug product in the 15 mg strength, the Company currently has 180 days of exclusivity of generic sales for that strength from the November 19, 2013 date of launch in the United States by Par. In addition, Intellipharmaceutics has the potential to receive its share of the profits on the 5, 10, 20 and 40 mg strengths which were also tentatively approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration ("FDA"), subject to the right of another party or parties to 180 days of generic exclusivity from the date of first launch of such strengths of the drug product by such parties. The Company currently believes Par intends to launch these strengths immediately upon the expiry of those exclusivity periods and upon the anticipated final approvals from the FDA at those times, but there can be no assurance as to if or when any such approvals or launches will occur.

At the present time, publicly available records of the FDA show that only four entities, including the Company, have received approvals or tentative approvals to market one or more generic strengths of this drug product. Further, the Company believes that only three of those entities, including the Company, have commenced sales of one or more generic strengths of the drug product. Dr. Isa Odidi, CEO and co-founder of the Company, stated, "We believe that the number of competitors tentatively approved or in the market at this time is an indication that our drug delivery technologies and competence are robust and well-adapted to the formulation of difficult-to-replicate generic drug products."

Intellipharmaceutics disclaims any intention and has no obligation or responsibility, except as required by law, to make, update or revise any statements regarding any future profit-share payments under its agreement with Par.

About Intellipharmaceutics

Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. is a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of novel and generic controlled-release and targeted-release oral solid dosage drugs. The Company's patented Hypermatrix™ technology is a 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 platform, Intellipharmaceutics has developed several drug delivery systems and has recently been granted final FDA approval for its dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release capsules for the 15 and 30 mg strengths. In addition, Intellipharmaceutics has a pipeline of product candidates in various stages of development, including Abbreviated New Drug Applications ("ANDAs") filed with the FDA in therapeutic areas that include neurology, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal tract, diabetes and pain.

Intellipharmaceutics also has New Drug Application 505(b)(2) product candidates in its development pipeline. These include Rexista™ oxycodone, an abuse-deterrent oxycodone, based on its proprietary nPODDDS™ novel Point Of Divergence Drug Delivery System and Regabatin™ XR pregabalin extended-release capsules.

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CONTACT: Company Contact:

         Intellipharmaceutics International Inc.

         Shameze Rampertab

         Vice President Finance & CFO

         416-798-3001

         investors@intellipharmaceutics.com

         

         Investor Contact:

         ProActive Capital

         Kirin Smith

         646-863-6519

         ksmith@proactivecapital.com


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