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Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Announces Key Business And Financial Objectives For 2013 As The Company Prepares For U.S. Launch Of JUXTAPID(TM) (lomitapide) Capsules

Gastrointestinal adverse reactions are common and may lead to treatment discontinuation. To reduce the risk of gastrointestinal adverse reactions, patients should adhere to a low-fat diet supplying less than 20% of energy from fat and the dosage of JUXTAPID should be increased gradually.

Combination with CYP3A4 inhibitors increases exposure to lomitapide. Strong and moderate CYP3A4 inhibitors should not be used with JUXTAPID. JUXTAPID dosage should not exceed 30 mg daily when used concomitantly with weak CYP3A4 inhibitors.

Due to risk of myopathy associated with simvastatin or lovastatin, doses of these agents should be limited when co-administered with JUXTAPID.

JUXTAPID increases the plasma concentrations of warfarin. Increases or decreases in the dose of JUXTAPID may lead to supra- or subtherapeutic anticoagulation, respectively. Patients taking warfarin should undergo regular monitoring of the INR, especially after any changes in JUXTAPID dosage.

Avoid use of JUXTAPID in patients with rare hereditary disorders of galactose intolerance.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

The most common adverse reactions were gastrointestinal, reported by 27 (93%) of 29 patients. Adverse reactions reported by ≥8 (28%) patients in the HoFH clinical trial included diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dyspepsia and abdominal pain. Other common adverse reactions, reported by 5 to 7 (17-24%) patients, included weight loss, abdominal discomfort, abdominal distension, constipation, flatulence, increased ALT, chest pain, influenza, nasopharyngitis, and fatigue.

About Aegerion Pharmaceuticals

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of innovative, life-altering therapies for patients with debilitating, often fatal, rare diseases. Our first approved product, JUXTAPID, is an oral once-daily capsule that offers a new treatment option to patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) – a severe lipid disorder. For more information about the company, please visit www.aegerion.com .

The Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=16441

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the availability of JUXTAPID and launch of JUXTAPID in the U.S.; the potential for JUXTAPID as a treatment for HoFH; forecasts as to the number of patients on therapy and global revenues expected in 2013; forecasts as to the net revenue run rate and expected achievement of cash-flow break-even operations 18 months after EU approval, if obtained; the possibility of named patient sales outside the US; the potential for and possible timing of approval of JUXTAPID in the EU; plans for further clinical development of JUXTAPID; and expectations regarding a possible future filing for approval in Japan. These forward-looking statements are neither promises nor guarantees of future performance, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. In particular, the risks and uncertainties include, among other factors: the risk that any delay or technical hurdle in completion of our validation work may delay availability of JUXTAPID for launch; the risk that JUXTAPID may not gain market acceptance or that market acceptance may be lower than expected; the risk that the actual number of patients with HoFH may be lower than expected; the risk that the restrictions imposed by the regulatory authorities or the side effect profile or future approval of competitive products may limit the potential of JUXTAPID; the risk that payers may decide not to provide reimbursement for JUXTAPID, or may impose restrictions that hinder reimbursement; the risk that regulatory authorities in the EU or other countries outside the U.S. may not be satisfied with the efficacy or safety profile of JUXTAPID or our proposed risk management plan; the risk that we do not receive approval of JUXTAPID in the E.U. or other countries outside the U.S. on a timely basis, or at all; the risk that technical hurdles may delay initiation of future clinical trials; the risks of unexpected results in our additional nonclinical or clinical development work with JUXTAPID; the risk that we may incur unanticipated expenses in connection with our activities; and the other risks inherent in drug development and the regulatory approval process. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks we face, see the disclosure contained in our public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (available on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov ), including the "Risk Factors" section of our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.

CONTACT: Investor Contact:
         Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
         Michael Lawless, VP, IR
         (857) 242-5028
         mlawless@aegerion.com
         
         Media Contacts:
         Schwartz MSL Boston
         Andrew Law/Ben Navon
         (781) 684-6238 or (781) 684-6548
         aegerion@mslgroup.com

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