Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Sep 20, 2017

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Receives FDA Approval for Sodium Bicarbonate Injection

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., Sept. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMPH) announced that on September 19, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") granted approval of the company's abbreviated new drug application ("ANDA") for Sodium Bicarbonate injection 8.4% in the 50 mL Luer-Jet® Prefilled Syringe System. For the past 40 years, the company has sold and marketed the product under the "grandfather" exception to the FDA's "Prescription Drug Wrap-Up" program.  Net revenues for the company's sodium bicarbonate injection for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $5.9 million.

The company continues to market five grandfathered products, (now termed "unapproved") and has ANDAs pending approval for three of these products. For the year ended December 31, 2016, the company recorded net revenues of $27.6 million from these unapproved products.

Company Information

Amphastar is a specialty pharmaceutical company that focuses primarily on developing, manufacturing, marketing, and selling technically-challenging generic and proprietary injectable and inhalation products. In 2014, the Company also commenced sales of insulin active pharmaceutical ingredient products. Most of the Company's finished products are used in hospital or urgent care clinical settings and are primarily contracted and distributed through group purchasing organizations and drug wholesalers. More information is available at the Company's website at www.amphastar.com.

Forward Looking Statements

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Contact Information: 

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Bill Peters

Chief Financial Officer

(909) 980-9484