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Cornerstone Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2009 Financial Results

Items excluded from the non-GAAP measures are as follows:

    
    
    
                                     Three Months Ended    12-Months Ended
                                        December 31,         December 31,
    (in thousands)                      2009        2008   2009       2008
    --------------                      ----        ----   ----       ----
    Stock-based compensation
     (included in general and
     administrative)(1)                 $109        $425 $1,121       $614
    Stock-based compensation
     (included in sales and
     marketing)(1)                       212          68    357        135
    Amortization of product rights     3,587         377  6,115      1,334
    Acquisition-related expenses (2)       -           -  3,563          -
    --------------------------------     ---         ---  -----        ---
    

(1)Stock-based compensation excludes stock-based compensation charges incurred in connection with the Chiesi transaction, which are included in acquisition-related expenses.

(2)Acquisition-related expenses include stock-based compensation charges and legal, accounting and related costs that resulted from or were incurred in connection with the Chiesi transaction.  For the year ended December 31, 2009, acquisition-related stock-based compensation charges include $1.5 million and $0.3 million of charges that were included in general and administrative and sales and marketing expenses, respectively, in the Company's statements of income.

About Cornerstone Therapeutics

Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq CM: CRTX), headquartered in Cary, N.C., is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing significant products primarily for the respiratory and related markets.  The Company currently promotes multiple marketed products in the United States to respiratory-focused physicians and key retail pharmacies with its specialty sales force.  The Company also has a late-stage clinical pipeline with a recent regulatory submission filing and four additional regulatory approval submissions targeted within the next three years.  Key elements of the Company's strategy are to in-license or acquire rights to underpromoted, patent-protected, branded respiratory or related pharmaceutical products, or late-stage product candidates; implement life cycle management strategies to maximize the potential value and competitive position of the Company's currently marketed products, newly acquired products and product candidates that are currently in development; grow product revenue through the Company's specialty sales force which is focused on the respiratory and related markets; and maintain and strengthen the intellectual property position of the Company's currently marketed products, newly acquired products and product candidates.

Pre-Merger Financial Results

As previously disclosed, Critical Therapeutics, Inc. and Cornerstone BioPharma Holdings, Inc. (Cornerstone BioPharma) completed their merger on October 31, 2008, and the combined company was renamed Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. (the Company).  Cornerstone BioPharma was deemed to be the acquiring company for accounting purposes and the transaction was accounted for as a reverse acquisition in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.  Accordingly, the Company's financial statements for periods prior to the merger reflect the historical results of Cornerstone BioPharma, and not Critical Therapeutics, and Cornerstone Therapeutics' financial statements for all subsequent periods reflect the results of the combined company.  In addition, unless specifically noted otherwise, the Company's financial results do not include the historical financial results of Critical Therapeutics (including sales of Zyflo CR and Zyflo) prior to the completion of the merger.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements in this press release regarding the progress and timing of our product development programs and related trials; our future opportunities; our strategy, future operations, anticipated financial position, future revenues and projected costs; our management's prospects, plans and objectives; and any other statements about management's future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

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