NORTHVALE, N.J., Aug. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Elite" or the “Company") (OTCBB: ELTP), a specialty pharmaceutical company developing abuse-deterrent opioids and niche generic products, today announced that it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Company’s abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for methadone hydrochloride 5 mg and 10 mg tablets. Methadone is indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Methadone can also be used for maintenance treatment of opioid addiction (heroin or other morphine-like drugs) in conjunction with appropriate social and medical services.

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Elite’s marketing alliance partner, will sell and distribute methadone for Elite for which Elite will receive manufacturing and license fees. Based on QuintilesIMS Health data, the annual retail sales for the brand and generic products were approximately $30 million.

“I am pleased to receive FDA approval for our methadone ANDA filing. We expect methadone to be a key product for our marketing alliance with Glenmark Pharmaceuticals,” stated Nasrat Hakim, President and CEO of Elite. “This is our second product approval in the last 30 days. We have four additional ANDAs and an NDA for SequestOx™ currently filed with the FDA.”

About Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company which is developing a pipeline of proprietary pharmacological abuse-deterrent opioid products as well as niche generic products. Elite specializes in oral sustained and controlled release drug products which have high barriers to entry. Elite owns generic products which have been licensed to TAGI Pharma, Epic Pharma, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Inc., USA. Elite currently has eight commercial products being sold, two additional approved products pending launch, four products filed with the FDA, additional approved products pending manufacturing site transfer and the NDA filing for SequestOx™. Elite’s pipeline products include abuse-deterrent opioids which utilize the Company’s patented proprietary technology and a once-daily opioid. These products include sustained release oral formulations of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain. These formulations are intended to address two major limitations of existing oral opioids: the provision of consistent relief of baseline pain levels and deterrence of potential opioid abuse. Elite operates a GMP and DEA registered facility for research, development, and manufacturing located in Northvale, NJ. Learn more at www.elitepharma.com.

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Contact:Elite Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Dianne Will, Investor Relations, 518-398-6222 Dianne@elitepharma.comwww.elitepharma.com