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Nuvo Research Announces U.S. Launch Of Pliaglis® By Galderma

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Nuvo Research Inc. (TSX: NRI), a specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to building a portfolio of products for the topical treatment of pain and Galderma Laboratories, L.P., the U.S. affiliate of Galderma Pharma, S.A. (Galderma), today announced the U.S. launch of Pliaglis (lidocaine and tetracaine) Cream 7%/7%.  Nuvo has licensed worldwide marketing rights for Pliaglis to Galderma, a global pharmaceutical company specialized in dermatology.

Pliaglis is a topical local anesthetic cream that uses Nuvo's proprietary phase-changing technology to form a pliable peel on the skin when exposed to air.  Pliaglis is indicated for use on intact skin in adults to provide local analgesia for superficial aesthetic procedures, such as dermal filler injection, pulsed dye laser therapy, facial laser resurfacing and laser-assisted tattoo removal. Pliaglis was brought back to the market in the U.S. after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a supplemental New Drug Application in October 2012 filed by Galderma.

"The introduction of Pliaglis marks the next step of Galderma's growth in the aesthetic & corrective area," said Francois Fournier, President of U.S. and Canada for Galderma Laboratories, L.P. "Galderma is more than ever committed to delivering innovative medical solutions to meet the dermatological needs of people throughout their lifetime while serving healthcare professionals."

"We are excited to announce the U.S. launch of Pliaglis by our partner Galderma," said Dr. Bradley Galer, President of Nuvo's Pain Group. "Pliaglis' efficacy, safety, rapid onset of action and ease of use promises to greatly improve the experience of patients by providing analgesia while they are undergoing superficial dermatologic and cosmetic procedures."

Important Safety Information

Indication: PLIAGLIS® (lidocaine and tetracaine) Cream 7% / 7% is indicated for use on intact skin in adults to provide topical local analgesia for superficial dermatological procedures such as dermal filler injection, pulsed dye laser therapy, facial laser resurfacing, and laser-assisted tattoo removal.  Contraindications: PLIAGLIS® Cream is contraindicated in patients with a known history of sensitivity to lidocaine or tetracaine, or local anesthetics of the amide or ester type and is also contraindicated in patients with sensitivity to para-aminobenzoic (PABA) or any components of the product.  Adverse Events: In clinical studies, the most common local reactions were erythema (47%), skin discoloration (16%), and edema (14%).  The most common systemic adverse events were headache, vomiting, dizziness, and fever, all of which occurred with a frequency of <1%.  Warnings/Precautions: Methemoglobinemia has been associated with use of local anesthetics such as tetracaine.  PLIAGLIS® Cream should be used with caution in patients with severe hepatic disease. When using PLIAGLIS® Cream in conjunction with other local anesthetic agents, the total dose of anesthetic should be considered due to the potential for additive systemic toxic effects.  Contact with the eyes should be avoided.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.  Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

About Nuvo Research Inc.

Nuvo Research is a publicly traded, Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario.  The Company is building a portfolio of products for the treatment of pain through internal research and development and by in-licensing and acquisition.  The Company's product portfolio includes Pennsaid ®, Pliaglis and Synera ®.  Pennsaid, a topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is used to treat the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee(s).  Pennsaid is sold in the United States by Mallinckrodt Inc., a Covidien company, in Canada by Paladin Labs Inc. and in several European countries. Pliaglis is a topical local anesthetic cream which provides topical local analgesia for superficial dermatological procedures. The Company has licensed worldwide marketing rights to Pliaglis to Galderma Pharma S.A., a global specialty pharmaceutical company specialized in dermatology.  Synera is a topical patch that combines lidocaine, tetracaine and heat, approved in the United States to provide local dermal analgesia for superficial venous access and superficial dermatological procedures and in Europe, for surface anaesthesia of normal intact skin.  Nuvo currently markets Synera in the United States and its licensing partner, Eurocept International B.V., has initiated a pan-European launch of Synera (under the name Rapydan ®) in several European countries.  The Company is also developing the compound WF10, for the treatment of immune related diseases.  Further more information, please visit www.nuvoresearch.com.

About Galderma

Galderma is a global pharmaceutical company founded in 1981 and exclusively focused on dermatology. The company has 31 wholly-owned affiliates with a worldwide network of distributors and 4,000 employees. Galderma's extensive product portfolio is available in 70 countries and treats a range of dermatological conditions including: acne, rosacea, onychomycosis, psoriasis & steroid-responsive dermatoses, pigmentary disorders, skin cancer and medical solutions for skin senescence. In 2011, Galderma acquired Q-Med, a Swedish medical device company specialized in aesthetics, strengthening Galderma's presence in the aesthetic and corrective market.

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