Paladin Labs Inc.

Paladin Labs Inc.

June 16, 2005 16:00 ET

Paladin Labs Inc.: Health Canada Requests Additional Information on Vantas'R' New Drug Submission

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - June 16, 2005) - Paladin Labs Inc. (TSX:PLB), a leading Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced that it has been advised by the Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD) of Health Canada that its New Drug Submission (NDS) for Vanats® (Histrelin Hydrogel Implant) will not be approved at this time. Paladin has received a Notice of Non Compliance and will respond to Health Canada's issues within the prescribed 90 day window.

Vantas® was developed by Valera Pharmaceuticals and licensed to Paladin for the Canadian market in October 2002. Vantas was approved by the FDA for sale in the United States and was successfully launched by Valera in late-2004. Vantas is a unique, once-yearly luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) implant indicated for the treatment of prostate cancer, the most prevalent form of cancer afflicting Canadian men

About Paladin Labs

Paladin Labs Inc., headquartered in Montreal, Canada, is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring or in-licensing innovative pharmaceutical products for the Canadian market. With this strategy, a focused national sales team and proven marketing expertise, Paladin has evolved into one of Canada's leading specialty pharmaceutical companies. Paladin's shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol PLB. For more information about Paladin, please visit the Company's Website at

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