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Pain Therapeutics Reports Q3 2011 Financial Results

Cash Position Remains Strong at Almost $100 Million

Expenses Remain Well-Controlled

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:PTIE) today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2011, which ended September 30, 2011. Net loss was $0.8 million, or $0.02 per share. We ended the quarter with cash and investments of $99.4 million.

On June 24, 2011, we and partner Pfizer, Inc. (NYSE:PFE) announced that a Complete Response Letter was received from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the resubmission to the new drug application (NDA) for REMOXY® (oxycodone) Extended-Release Capsules CII. Pfizer is working to evaluate the issues described in the Complete Response Letter and plans to have further discussions with the FDA around them.

"We share the frustration of waiting for REMOXY's NDA to be re-submitted to the FDA," said Remi Barbier, Chairman, President and CEO of Pain Therapeutics. "At the same time, as things continue to evolve and more data become known, we believe the case for REMOXY will become self-evident."

Pain Therapeutics believes that its flagship drug candidate, REMOXY, can generate meaningful revenue after its commercial launch by Pfizer, Inc. (NYSE:PFE). Our belief is based on the sheer size of REMOXY's target market, Pfizer's marketing heft and strong presence in pain management, the potential advantages of REMOXY over existing products and our 15-20% royalty on net sales in the United States.

Q3 2011 Financial Detail

About REMOXY

REMOXY is an investigational extended-release oral formulation of oxycodone for the relief of moderate to severe pain requiring continuous, around-the-clock opioid treatment. We developed REMOXY to discourage common methods of drug tampering.

In 2005, we entered into a strategic alliance with King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to develop and commercialize REMOXY. We filed the initial NDA for REMOXY in June 2008 and received a Complete Response Letter in December 2008. King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. assumed full control of the development of REMOXY in March 2009, filed a resubmission to the REMOXY NDA in December 2010, and received a Complete Response Letter for such resubmission in June 2011. Pfizer obtained rights to REMOXY upon the close of its acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on February 28, 2011.

About Pain Therapeutics, Inc.

Pain Therapeutics, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that develops novel drugs. The FDA has not approved any of our drug candidates for commercial sale. For more information, please visit www.paintrials.com.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"). Pain Therapeutics disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements, and claims the protection of the Safe Harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Act. Examples of such statements include, but are not limited to, any statements relating to our cash usage in 2011, the completion of the regulatory review and potential approval of REMOXY, the potential for revenue from REMOXY (including statements relating to the expected market size, marketing capabilities of Pfizer and advantages of REMOXY over existing products), the use and market acceptance of abuse resistant formulations, and funding obligations of our partners. Such statements are based on management's current expectations, but actual results may differ materially due to various factors. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties relating to difficulties or delays in development, testing and pursuit of regulatory approval of our drug candidates, unexpected adverse side effects or inadequate therapeutic efficacy of our drug candidates, difficulties or delays in commercialization efforts with respect to our products, if any are approved for marketing, or failure of such products to gain market acceptance, the uncertainty of patent protection for our intellectual property or trade secrets, unanticipated additional research and development and other costs, the timing and receipt of funds from King, potential diversion of resources from the pursuit of development and commercialization of drug candidates subject to our strategic alliance with King as a result of the acquisition of King by Pfizer, and the potential for abuse resistant pain medications or other competing products or therapies to be developed by competitors and potential competitors or others. For further information regarding these and other risks related to the Company's business, investors should consult the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

- Financial Tables Follow -

PAIN THERAPEUTICS, INC.
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2011 2010 2011 2010
Revenue         
Program fee revenue  $2,725 $2,724 $8,173 $7,772
Collaboration revenue   24  171  564  1,028
Total revenue   2,749  2,895  8,737  8,800
Operating expenses         
Research and development   2,019  2,360  6,589  7,736
General and administrative   1,753  2,107  5,078  5,256
Total operating expenses   3,772  4,467  11,667  12,992
Operating loss   (1,023)  (1,572)  (2,930)  (4,192)
Interest income   208  544  708  1,340
Net loss   $ (815)  $ (1,028)  $ (2,222)  $ (2,852)
         
Net loss per share - basic and diluted   $ (0.02)  $ (0.02)  $ (0.05)  $ (0.07)
Weighted-average shares used in computing
net loss per share - basic and diluted
44,631 42,703 43,987 42,593
         
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
         
      September 30,
2011
December 31,
2010(1)
 Assets      (Unaudited)  
 Current assets         
 Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities      $99,360 $91,226
 Receivables      231 7,114
 Other current assets      493 144
 Total current assets      100,084 98,484
 Non-current assets         
 Property and equipment, net      157 285
 Other assets      351 426
 Total assets      $100,592 $99,195
         
 Liabilities and stockholders' equity         
 Current liabilities         
 Accounts payable and accrued development expenses      $1,310 $1,365
 Deferred program fee revenue - current portion      10,897 10,897
 Other accrued liabilities      878 1,809
 Total current liabilities      13,085 14,071
 Non-current liabilities         
 Deferred program fee revenue - non-current portion      43,587 51,760
 Other liabilities      434 431
 Total liabilities      57,106 66,262
 Stockholders' equity         
 Common stock      45 43
 Additional paid-in-capital      175,134 161,957
 Accumulated other comprehensive income      121 525
 Accumulated deficit       (131,814)  (129,592)
 Total stockholders' equity      43,486 32,933
 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $100,592 $99,195
         
(1) Derived from the Company's annual financial statements as of December 31, 2010, included in the Company's
Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
CONTACT: Peter S. Roddy

         VP and Chief Financial Officer

         Pain Therapeutics, Inc.

         proddy@paintrials.com

         (512) 501-2450

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