SCHAUMBURG, Ill., March 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:SGNT), a leader in specialty injectable pharmaceutical products, today announced the signing of an amendment to its Manufacturing and Supply Agreement with Actavis.  The amended agreement provides for an enhanced profit split in favor of Sagent, a revised line-up of products including the addition of a zoledronic acid injection, 4 mg vial product, a modified termination date of December 31, 2014 and a one-time termination fee of $5 million payable to Sagent.

"Our mutually beneficial relationship with Actavis was an important contributor to the early development of our company," said Jeffrey M. Yordon, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of Sagent. "Following the acquisition by Watson, Actavis provided us with an attractive economic incentive to modify the termination date to enable Actavis to pursue a different strategic direction.  Among the consideration we received was the right to sell Actavis' zoledronic acid injection, 4 mg, vial product, which we are launching today at market formation. In addition, we will be able to utilize the one-time termination fee to enhance our developmental pipeline."

About Sagent Pharmaceuticals

Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc., founded in 2006, is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing, sourcing and marketing pharmaceutical products, with a specific emphasis on injectables.  Sagent has created a unique, global network of resources, comprising rapid development capabilities, sophisticated manufacturing and innovative drug delivery technologies, resulting in an extensive and rapidly expanding pharmaceutical product portfolio that fulfills the evolving needs of patients.

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