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Akorn Announces Filing Extension for Form 10-K

LAKE FOREST, Ill., March 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akorn, Inc. (Nasdaq:AKRX), today announced that the Company filed a Form 12b-25, Notification of Late Filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that allows the Company to extend the deadline to file its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014. The Company has experienced unforeseen delays in collecting and compiling certain financial and other related data that would be included in the Form 10-K relating to the VersaPharm and Hi-Tech Pharmacal subsidiaries which were not integrated into the Company's centralized accounting department and accounting systems as of December 31, 2014.

In addition, the Company has not yet completed its assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2014 due to the aforementioned factors. The Company believes that material weaknesses exist as of December 31, 2014 relating to the completeness and accuracy of underlying data used in the determination of significant estimates and accounting transactions and accurate and timely reporting of its financial results and disclosures in its Form 10-K. There is a possibility that upon completion of its assessment, the Company may determine that there are additional material weaknesses as of December 31, 2014.

The Company is in the process of completing the Form 10-K and its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2014. The finalization of financial information is not expected to result in any material change to previously reported financial statements or the financial results reported in our earnings release on February 26, 2015. Additionally, the Company expects to be able to complete its Form 10-K by the extended deadline of March 17, 2015.

About Akorn

Akorn, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of multisource and branded pharmaceuticals. Akorn has manufacturing facilities located in Decatur, Illinois; Somerset, New Jersey; Amityville, New York; Hettlingen, Switzerland and Paonta Sahib, India where the company manufactures ophthalmic, injectable and specialty non-sterile pharmaceuticals. Additional information is available on the company's website at www.akorn.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes statements that may constitute "forward-looking statements", including projections of certain measures of Akorn's results of operations, projections of sales, projections of certain charges and expenses, projections related to the number and potential market size of ANDAs, projections with respect to timing and impact of pending acquisitions, and other statements regarding Akorn's goals, regulatory approvals and strategy. Akorn cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Because such statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties, actual future results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They use words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with a discussion of future operating or financial performance. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: statements relating to future steps we may take, prospective products, prospective acquisitions, future performance or results of current and anticipated products and acquired assets, sales efforts, expenses, the outcome of contingencies such as legal proceedings, and financial results. These cautionary statements should be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that may be made by the Company or by persons acting on its behalf and in conjunction with its periodic SEC filings. You are advised, however, to consult any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our reports filed with the SEC. In particular, you should read the discussion in the section entitled "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as it may be updated in subsequent reports filed with the SEC. That discussion covers certain risks, uncertainties and possibly inaccurate assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially from expected and historical results. Other factors besides those listed there could also adversely affect our results.

CONTACT: Investors/Media: Dewey Steadman Executive Director, Investor Relations (847) 582-6923 investor.relations@akorn.com

Source:Akorn, Inc.