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Intellipharmaceutics Updates Status of Tentative Approvals of Generic Focalin XR(R)

TORONTO, July 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. (Nasdaq:IPCI) (TSX:I) ("Intellipharmaceutics" or the "Company"), a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of novel and generic controlled-release and targeted-release oral solid dosage drugs, today advised that the United States Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has indicated to the Company that it has rescinded its previous requirement that the Company meet newly-imposed conditions for bioequivalence prior to receiving final approval for the Company's tentatively-approved strengths of its generic Focalin XR® (dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release) capsules (the "Product"). The strengths affected include 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg and 40 mg. The already-approved 15 mg and 30 mg strengths now in the market are not affected.

The FDA, in November 2013, had previously granted the Company tentative approvals for the 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg strengths of its generic Focalin XR®. Subsequently, the Company announced in a press release dated June 18, 2015, that the FDA had indicated that the Company would be required to meet newly-imposed guidelines before the affected strengths of the Product could receive final approval. The FDA has now rescinded that requirement.

The Company is not aware of any further action required of it in respect of its Abbreviated New Drug Application ("ANDA") for the Product. The Company is therefore hopeful that the FDA will shortly grant final approval for the 5 mg strength of the Product which is not subject to the six months of market exclusivity accorded to the first-filer of an ANDA. There can be no assurance that such final approval will be granted within a short time, or at all, or that further conditions will not be imposed for that strength or any of the other tentatively approved strengths.

About Intellipharmaceutics

Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. is a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of novel and generic controlled-release and targeted-release oral solid dosage drugs. The Company's patented Hypermatrix™ technology is a multidimensional controlled-release drug delivery platform that can be applied to the efficient development of a wide range of existing and new pharmaceuticals. Based on this technology platform, Intellipharmaceutics has developed several drug delivery systems and a pipeline of products (our dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release capsules for the 15 and 30 mg strengths which received final FDA approval) and product candidates in various stages of development, including ANDAs filed with the FDA (and one Abbreviated New Drug Submission filed with Health Canada) in therapeutic areas that include neurology, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal tract, diabetes and pain.

Intellipharmaceutics also has New Drug Application ("NDA") 505(b)(2) product candidates in its development pipeline. These include Rexista™ oxycodone XR, an abuse-deterrent oxycodone based on its proprietary nPODDDS™ novel Point Of Divergence Drug Delivery System and PODRAS™ Paradoxical OverDose Resistance Activating System, and Regabatin™ XR pregabalin extended-release capsules. Our current development effort is increasingly directed towards improved difficult-to-develop controlled-release drugs which follow an NDA 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway. The Company has increased its research and development emphasis towards new product development, facilitated by the 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway, by advancing the product development program for both Rexista™ and Regabatin™. The 505(b)(2) pathway (which relies in part upon the approving agency's findings for a previously approved drug) both accelerates development timelines and reduces costs in comparison to NDAs for new chemical entities. An advantage of our strategy for development of NDA 505(b)(2) drugs is that our product candidates can, if approved for sale by the FDA, potentially enjoy an exclusivity period which may provide for greater commercial opportunity relative to the generic ANDA route.

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CONTACT: Company Contact: Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. Domenic Della Penna Chief Financial Officer 416-798-3001 ext 106 investors@intellipharmaceutics.com Investor Contact: ProActive Capital Kirin Smith 646-863-6519 ksmith@proactivecapital.com

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