Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Agreement for Supply of Phentermine Active Ingredient

Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Agreement for Supply of Phentermine
Active Ingredient

NORTHVALE, N.J., Dec. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
("Elite" or the "Company") (OTCBB:ELTP) today announced that Elite has in
place an agreement for the next year with the Company's sole supplier of the
active pharmaceutical ingredient ("API") for Elite's Phentermine product lines
which include Phentermine HCl tablets 37.5 mg. and Phentermine HCl capsules 15
mg. and 30 mg.

A supply limitation was disclosed by Elite on October 15, 2012, but is now
resolved for the next year. The purchase orders now in place will allow the
Company to obtain adequate amounts of API, although at a substantially higher
price than previously paid, to supply both the Phentermine tablet product and
the soon to be launched Phentermine capsule products.Elite anticipates that
some of the increase in API pricing could be offset with increased
manufacturing efficiencies.

About Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc. develops oral sustained and controlled release
products. Elite's strategy includes assisting partner companies in the life
cycle management of products to improve off-patent drug products and
developing generic versions of controlled release drug products with high
barriers to entry. Elite has four commercial products with five additional
products under review, pending approval by the FDA.Elite's lead pipeline
products include abuse resistant opioids utilizing the Company's patented
proprietary technology, and a once-daily opioid.They are sustained release
oral formulations of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain, which address
two of the limitations of existing oral opioids: the provision of consistent
relief of baseline pain levels and deterrence of potential abuse.Elite also
has partnered with Mikah Pharma to develop a new product, with Hi-Tech
Pharmacal to develop an intermediate for a generic product, and a Hong Kong
based company to develop a branded product for the United States market and
its territories.Elite operates a GMP and DEA registered facility for
research, development, and manufacturing located in Northvale, NJ.

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This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of
the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Including those related
to the effects, if any, on future results, performance or other expectations
that may have some correlation to the subject matter of this press
release,readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve
risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, delays, uncertainties,
inability to obtain necessary ingredients and other factors not under the
control of Elite not under the control of Elite, which may cause actual
results, performance or achievements of Elite to be materially different from
the results, performance or other expectations that may be implied by these
forward-looking statements These risks and other factors, including, without
limitation, the timing or results of pending and future clinical trials,
regulatory reviews and approvals by the Food and Drug Administration and other
regulatory authorities,intellectual property protections and defenses, and
the Company's ability to operate as a going concern, are discussed in Elite's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its reports on
forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. Elite undertakes no obligation to update any
forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: For Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
         Dianne Will, Investor Relations, 518-398-6222

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