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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Robert F. Apple, Chief Operating Officer
InKine Pharmaceutical Company, Inc.
215-283-6850

Donald C. Weinberger
Wolfe Axelrod Weinberger Assoc. LLC
212-370-4500,
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INKINE ANNOUNCES THAT A SETTLEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED IN ITS PREEMPTIVE RIGHTS CLASS ACTION LITIGATION: SETTLEMENT COSTS AND RELATED EXPENSES TO BE BORNE BY THIRD-PARTY
 

BLUE BELL, PA October 20, 2004 -- InKine Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: INKP) today announced that the Company entered into an agreement with an undisclosed third-party who will fund its settlement of damages and costs incurred in connection with the class action lawsuit related to the denial of certain claimed preemptive rights.  In addition, the Company has entered into, and filed with the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County, a settlement agreement with the class of InKine shareholders in the class action law suit. The Company and its insurance carriers are not expected to bear any costs in connection with the settlement arrangement.

 “We are pleased with the structure and expeditious fashion for which parties involved were able to reach an agreement,” said Leonard S. Jacob, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of InKine.  “We have received reimbursement from a third-party along the way and have expected, based on the facts and circumstances of the preemptive rights issue, that any additional costs incurred would continue to be reimbursed by others,” added Dr. Jacob.

 The settlement is subject to a number of conditions, including final court approval. At this time, there can be no assurance that those conditions will be met and that the settlement will receive final court approval.

About InKine Pharmaceutical

InKine Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. is a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing pharmaceutical products for the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. The Company's development strategy is to acquire late-stage drug candidates with short time lines to commercialization. The Company's franchise product, Visicol® is the only tablet purgative preparation indicated for bowel cleansing prior to colonoscopy. InKine's second product, IB-Stat®, is an oral hyoscyamine spray for the treatment of a variety of indications.   The Company is also promoting VSL#3®, a probiotic that is effective in treating certain gastrointestinal disorders. Additionally, the Company is developing INKP-102, an advanced generation purgative, which recently completed Phase II clinical trials for bowel cleansing prior to colonoscopy, Visicol® for use as a laxative in treating patients with constipation and Colirest™, which is in clinical trials for the treatment of Crohn's disease. For further information, please visit InKine on its web site http://www.inkine.com.

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