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Pernix Therapeutics Completes Acquisition Of Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (“Pernix”) (NASDAQ: PTX) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Somaxon”) (NASDAQ: SOMX) following the approval of the transaction by stockholders of Somaxon at the special meeting held on March 6, 2013.

Under the terms of the agreement announced on December 11, 2012, Pernix acquired all of the common stock of Somaxon in a stock-for-stock transaction with a total value of $25 million.

Somaxon stockholders will receive approximately 3,665,689 shares of Pernix common stock based on a per share price of Pernix’s common stock of $6.82, the volume-weighted average price of Pernix’s common stock over the 30-day period ending on the day immediately prior to today’s closing.

Cooper Collins, President and CEO of Pernix, said, “We are pleased to complete the acquisition of Somaxon, which is expected to continue to broaden our product portfolio. We expect Silenor to be an important addition to our product line that will be promoted by our sales force, and we may also develop Silenor as an OTC product.”

Silenor® (doxepin) is approved for the treatment of insomnia characterized by difficulty with sleep maintenance and is not a controlled substance. In clinical trials, Silenor demonstrated maintenance of sleep, including into the seventh and eighth hours of the night, with no meaningful evidence of next day residual effects and an overall adverse events profile that was comparable to placebo.

Stifel Nicolaus Weisel acted as financial advisor to Somaxon in the transaction.

Important Safety Information About Silenor

Because sleep disturbances may be caused by underlying physical and/or psychiatric disorders, symptomatic treatment of insomnia should be initiated only after a careful evaluation of the patient. The failure of insomnia to remit after 7-10 days of treatment may indicate the presence of a primary psychiatric and/or medical illness that should be evaluated.

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