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Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ GM: PTX) (“Pernix” or the “Company”), a specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced that it has hired industry veteran Doug Drysdale as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Drysdale has also been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors and shall serve as Chairman. Mr. Drysdale’s appointment is supported by a group of institutional investors led by Athyrium Capital Management, who have agreed to purchase $65 million aggregate principal amount of 8.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2019 (the “Notes”) from Pernix, providing the company with expansion capital for the acquisition of accretive specialty products to be added to the Company’s portfolio, as well as for working capital and general corporate purposes.
Appointment of Doug Drysdale as Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Drysdale most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Alvogen, Inc., from 2008 to 2013, building the company from inception to become a global leader in pharmaceuticals. Alvogen now operates in thirty countries and has a portfolio of over 200 projects in development and registration. Prior to Alvogen, Mr. Drysdale helped build the multinational pharmaceutical giant Actavis, as head of mergers and acquisitions and a member of the executive board, spearheading specialty acquisitions such as Sindan (oncology) and Abrika (CR formulations). Recognized in 2012 as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Mr. Drysdale brings a track record of accomplishment earned over the course of a twenty-five year career in the healthcare industry. Prior industry leadership positions also include Vice President of Global Business Development with Alpharma, Inc.; Global Licensing with Forest Laboratories, Inc.; Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Alkensa, Inc.; and Director Business Development with Elan Corp, plc.
“Doug is a proven value creator for shareholders,” said Mike Pearce, board member and former chief executive officer of Pernix. “Fortified with expansion capital and a stable platform free of legacy issues, I believe he will lead Pernix to unprecedented heights.”