Pharmos Corporation Announces Settlement of Class Action Litigation
Iselin NJ, June 7, 2007 – Pharmos Corporation (Nasdaq: PARS) today announced that on May 31, 2007, its counsel entered into an agreement with plaintiffs’ legal counsel to settle several class action lawsuits commenced starting in January 2005 and currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The lawsuits relate to statements purportedly made by Pharmos and its officers regarding the effectiveness of dexanabinol in treating traumatic brain injury.
The settlement, which is covered in its entirety by Pharmos’ insurance, has been reached with no admission of liability by any party and has been entered into to avoid costly and time consuming litigation by all parties. The parties agreed to seek the required court approvals of the settlement and filed the settlement documents with the Court on June 4, 2007. The settlement is subject to court approval. There is no assurance that the settlement will be approved by the Court.
About Pharmos Corporation
Pharmos discovers and develops novel therapeutics to treat a range of indications including specific diseases of the nervous system such as disorders of the brain-gut axis (GI/IBS), pain/inflammation, and autoimmune disorders. The Company’s lead product, dextofisopam, has completed Phase 2a testing in IBS, a common GI disorder particularly prevalent in women, with a statistically significant effect compared to placebo on the primary efficacy endpoint of adequate relief (n=141, p=0.033). The Company plans to initiate a Phase 2b study of dextofisopam for the treatment of IBS in 2007. The Company’s core proprietary technology platform focuses on discovery and development of synthetic cannabinoid compounds. Cannabinor, the lead CB2-selective receptor agonist candidate, is undergoing Phase 2a testing in pain. Other compounds in Pharmos’ pipeline are in clinical and pre-clinical studies targeting pain, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and other disorders.
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Statements made in this press release related to the business outlook and future financial performance of Pharmos, to the prospective market penetration of its drug products, to the development and commercialization of its pipeline products and to its expectations in connection with any future event, condition, performance or other matter, are forward-looking and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in these statements. Additional economic, competitive, governmental, technological, marketing and other factors identified in Pharmos’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission could affect such results.