News Release Service Inadvertently Issues Hoax Press Release Identifying Javelin Pharmaceuticals As Issuer
Javelin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE -- Amex: JAV) ("Javelin") announces that on June 18, 2010, Business Wire, a news release service, inadvertently issued a hoax press release titled “US Supreme Court split – rules in favor of Big Pharma” that falsely identified Javelin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as the issuer of the information. The information in the release was false. Business Wire received the hoax release from an unknown third party, purporting to be an authorized representative of the company, and issued the release for pick-up by national news outlets at 11:19 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 18 th.
Javelin personnel quickly saw the hoax release and notified Business Wire immediately. Business Wire issued a retraction at approximately 7:45 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 19, 2010.
Javelin has confirmed that Javelin’s electronic mail system was not used for the hoax and was not compromised. Law enforcement authorities have been contacted. Similar incidents involving at least two other companies and a different news release service occurred last week.
About Javelin PharmaceuticalsWith corporate headquarters in Cambridge, MA, Javelin applies innovative proprietary technologies to develop new drugs and improved formulations of existing drugs to target unmet and underserved medical needs in the pain management market. For additional information about Javelin, please visit the company’s Web site at http://www.javelinpharmaceuticals.com. Important Additional Information Filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Discus Acquisition Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hospira, Inc. ("Hospira"), has commenced a tender offer for all of Javelin’s outstanding shares of common stock. This press release is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Javelin common stock. Hospira has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO containing an offer to purchase, form of letter of transmittal and other documents relating to the tender offer on April 21, 2010, and Javelin filed with the SEC a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the tender offer on April 22, 2010. Hospira and Javelin have mailed these documents to Javelin’s stockholders. Javelin stockholders can obtain a free copy of these documents and other documents filed by Hospira and Javelin with the SEC, including amendments to the Schedule TO and Schedule 14D-9, at the Web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, Javelin stockholders can obtain a free copy of these documents by directing a request to Javelin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 125 CambridgePark Drive, Cambridge, MA 02140, Attention: Investor Relations. INVESTORS AND JAVELIN SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THESE DOCUMENTS CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE TENDER OFFER BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. None of the information included on any Internet Web site maintained by Hospira, Javelin or any of their affiliates, or any other Internet Web site linked to any such Web site, is incorporated by reference in or otherwise made a part of this press release.
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