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Apricus Biosciences Announces Removal Of Auditor's "Going Concern" Opinion From Its 2010 Form 10-K And Increased Cash Reserves

SAN DIEGO, March 8, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Apricus Biosciences, Inc. ("Apricus Bio") (Nasdaq:APRI) announced today that the going concern paragraph has been removed from its audit opinion contained in its upcoming filing of Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and the Company has increased cash reserves in 2010 compared to the previous year. Apricus Bio will file its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 by the close of business on Thursday, March 10, 2011.

The going concern assumption in the Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (SAS 59, The Auditor's Consideration of an Entity's Ability to Continue as a Going Concern) requires an auditor to evaluate conditions or events that raise questions about an entity's ability to continue as a going concern. Typically, if an auditor has concerns about a firm's ability to continue as a going concern, the audit opinion will contain a paragraph outlining issues with this assumption. In its to-be-filed 10-K report for the year ended December 31, 2010, the Company's auditors did not include any such going concern paragraph in their audit opinion.

"Having the going concern issue removed from our audit opinion for the first time in nine years is a significant accomplishment for our relatively new management team, further affirming our continued success in the execution of the Company's goals," noted  Dr. Bassam Damaj, President and Chief Executive Officer of Apricus Bio. "Having the going concern opinion removed not only validates our business strategy but also instills further trust in our management team by our shareholders, as well as, with the numerous pharmaceutical companies, which  we are in active partnership discussions with at this present time."

Dr. Damaj continued, "At December 31, 2010, the Company had approximately $9.1 million in cash reserves and our current cash reserves of approximately $11 million should provide us with sufficient cash to fund our operations into the second half of 2012. In addition, we will receive upfront payments and we may receive milestone payments and royalties in 2011 from existing and future licensing deals. We would expect such payments to extend our cash runway even further."

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