WEX Pharmaceuticals Inc.

WEX Pharmaceuticals Inc.

March 27, 2006 13:52 ET

WEX Pharmaceuticals Inc.: Manufacturing Inspection Report

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 27, 2006) - WEX Pharmaceuticals Inc. ("WEX" or the "Company") (TSX:WXI) is pleased to announce that it has received the results of an inspection of its manufacturing plant in China.

This inspection was performed by an independent research organization at the request of our co-development partner, Laboratorios del Dr. Esteve S.A., to ensure that the facilities met GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) requirements.

The report concluded that Nanning Maple Leaf Pharmaceuticals ("NMLP"), a 97%-owned subsidiary of the Company, is physically and organizationally of a high quality standard and was found to conform to GMP codes. Furthermore, any deficiencies observed at NMLP were determined to be minor and not likely to compromise the purity of the API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) produced, or its safety and efficacy in clinical use.

In anticipation of future late-stage trials and commercialization of the Company's products, the report made several recommendations.

"The report confirmed that NMLP is an acceptable supplier of TTX products for clinical trials up to Phase II. To ensure quality throughout the production chain and strict regulatory compliance, the Company will implement the recommendations of the report in the near future," said Dr. Edge Wang, Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

About WEX Pharmaceuticals Inc.

WEX Pharmaceuticals Inc. is dedicated to the discovery, development, manufacture and commercialization of innovative drug products to treat pain. The Company's principal business strategy is to derive drugs from naturally occurring toxins and develop proprietary products for the global market. The Company's Chinese subsidiary sells generic products manufactured at its facility in China.

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