WEX Pharmaceuticals Inc.

WEX Pharmaceuticals Inc.

August 11, 2006 18:44 ET

WEX Pharmaceuticals Inc.: Shareholders' Meeting Update

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 11, 2006) - WEX Pharmaceuticals Inc. (the "Company") (TSX:WXI) -

Earlier this week, two shareholders of the Company who hold in the aggregate less than one-half of one percent of the outstanding shares (the "Dissidents") launched proceedings against the Company following the Company's decision to provide its shareholders with a fair opportunity to evaluate responses to matters raised by the Dissidents in response to the Company's decision to reschedule its Annual General Meeting to September 29, 2006.

The Dissidents' effort to move the meeting date was denied by the Court with the result that the rescheduled meeting will take place on September 29th as previously disclosed.

As a result of the Dissidents' lawsuit, the Company became aware of certain activities undertaken by an agent of the Dissidents which the Company believed, amongst other things, tainted the election process and accordingly commenced legal proceedings to enforce the Company's rights.

The proxy solicitation undertaken by the Dissidents with respect to the cancelled meeting involved a strategy that raised a number of issues and made numerous unsubstantiated allegations against management and the Board. As a result, and in the interest of fairness, the meeting was rescheduled in order to allow the shareholders an ample opportunity to receive information from both the Dissidents and the Company so that they can make an informed decision on the issues being placed before them.

With the unnecessary litigation out of the way, the Company can again turn its attention to the business opportunities ahead of it.

A formal Notice of Meeting and an Information Circular will be sent to shareholders in accordance with all regulatory requirements.

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