Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased CTI BioPharma Corp. ("CTI" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: CTIC) securities pursuant and/or traceable to the Company's Registration Statement and Prospectus (collectively, the "Registration Statement") issued in connection with the Company's public offering on or about September 24, 2015 (the "Offering"); and/or (2) between March 4, 2014 and February 9, 2016, inclusive (the "Class Period). Injured investors are encouraged to contact the Law Offices of Howard G. Smith to discuss their legal rights in this class action.

CTI is a biopharmaceutical company which provides medical research services, and develops clinical treatment and drugs for various cancers. One of the Company's most advanced pipeline products was pacritinib, a treatment for myleofibrosis.

On February 8, 2016, pre-market, CTI disclosed that it had been alerted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the FDA had placed a partial hold on clinical studies of CTI's primary product, pacritinib. The FDA has recommended that CTI amend its procedures for randomized studies to disallow crossover to pacritinib, provide specific notifications, adjust certain statements in both the investigator's brochure and informed consent documents and other actions. Upon this news, CTI stock fell $0.68 per share, or over 60%, to close at $0.44 on February 8, 2016, on unusually heavy volume.

On February 9, 2016, the Company issued a press release announcing that the FDA had placed a full clinical hold on pacritinib, and required that all patients currently on pacritinib must discontinue pacritinib immediately. The Company further reported that it had withdrawn the new drug application for pacritinib. On this news the Company's shares fell 40%, or $0.20 per share, on February 10, 2016, on unusually heavy volume of over 15 million shares.

The complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company's business, operations, and prospects. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose: (1) the detrimental effect on survival of pacritinib; (2) that the Company's clinical trials demonstrated deaths associated with pacritinib usage; (3) that the Company's new drug application for pacritinib would likely be withdrawn; (4) that, as such, the Company's future revenues were impaired; (5) that the company lacked adequate internal controls; and (6) that, as a result of the foregoing, the Company's financial statements and Defendants' statements about CTI's business, operations, and prospects, were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.

If you purchased shares of CTI during the Class Period you may move the Court no later than April 11, 2016 to ask the Court to appoint you as lead plaintiff if you meet certain legal requirements. To be a member of the Class you need not take any action at this time; you may retain counsel of your choice or take no action and remain an absent member of the Class. If you wish to learn more about this action, or if you have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Howard G. Smith, Esquire, of Law Offices of Howard G. Smith, 3070 Bristol Pike, Suite 112, Bensalem, Pennsylvania 19020 by telephone at (215) 638-4847, toll-free at (888) 638-4847, or by email to howardsmith@howardsmithlaw.com, or visit our website at http://www.howardsmithlaw.com.

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