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Actavis and Forest Announce Tentative Election Deadline of June 27, 2014

July 10, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Women's Health Weekly -- Actavis plc (NYSE:ACT) and Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:FRX) announced that the tentative election deadline for Forest stockholders to elect the form of consideration they wish to receive in Actavis' planned acquisition of Forest is 5:00 p.m., Eastern time, on June 27, 2014 (the "Election Deadline"). The Election Deadline may be extended, in which case Actavis and Forest will issue a press release announcing the new election deadline. Subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions, the closing date of the acquisition is expected to be July 1, 2014. Forest stockholders who hold shares through a bank, broker, trust company or other nominee may have an earlier election deadline and should carefully review any instructions received from their bank, broker, trust company or other nominee (see also Forest Laboratories, Inc.).

As previously announced, Forest stockholders can elect to receive, for each of their shares of Forest common stock, either cash, Actavis ordinary shares, or a combination of cash and Actavis ordinary shares. The cash and stock elections will be subject to proration and adjustment procedures, which are further described in the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus of Actavis and Forest, dated May 2, 2014. The documents necessary for Forest stockholders to make an election for their merger consideration were mailed beginning on May 30, 2014.

As further described in the election forms, to make a valid election, Forest stockholders must deliver to Computershare Trust Company, N.A., the exchange agent for the transaction, prior to the Election Deadline, a properly completed election form and related letter of transmittal, together with their Forest stock certificates or confirmation of book-entry transfer, and a completed Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") Form W-9 (or the appropriate IRS Form W-8, as applicable). Forest stockholders should carefully read all the election materials provided to them before making their election.

Forest stockholders with questions regarding the election procedures, who want up to date information on the Election Deadline or who wish to obtain copies of the election materials may contact MacKenzie Partners, Inc., the information agent for the transaction, at (800) 322-2885 (toll-free) or (212) 929-5500 (collect). About Actavis Actavis plc (NYSE:ACT) is a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products. Actavis has global headquarters in Dublin, Ireland and U.S. administrative headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA.

Actavis develops and manufactures generic, brand, branded generic, legacy brands and Over-the-Counter (OTC) pharmaceutical products and has commercial operations in approximately 60 countries. The Company's North American branded pharmaceuticals business is focused principally in the Women's Health, Urology, Gastroenterology and Dermatology therapeutic categories with a strong pipeline of products in various stages of development. Actavis also has a portfolio of five biosimilar products in development in Women's Health and Oncology. Actavis Global Operations has more than 30 manufacturing and distribution facilities around the world, and includes Anda, Inc., a U.S. pharmaceutical product distributor.

For press release and other company information, visit Actavis' Web site at http://www.actavis.com. About Forest Forest Laboratories (NYSE:FRX) is a leading, fully integrated, specialty pharmaceutical company largely focused on the United States market. Forest markets a portfolio of branded drug products and develops new medicines to treat patients suffering from diseases principally in five therapeutic areas: central nervous system, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and anti-infective. Forest's strategy of acquiring product rights for development and commercialization through licensing, collaborative partnerships and targeted mergers and acquisitions allows Forest to take advantage of attractive late-stage development and commercial opportunities, thereby managing the risks inherent in drug development. In January 2014, Forest acquired Aptalis Pharmaceuticals for $2.9 billion in cash in order to gain access to its GI and Cystic Fibrosis products, including treatments for Ulcerative Proctitis, Duodenal Ulcers, H. Pylori, Anal Fissures, and Pancreatic Insufficiency. In February 2014, Forest and Actavis plc announced an agreement where Forest would be acquired for about $25 billion in cash and stock. The acquisition of Forest by Actavis is contingent upon regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Keywords for this news article include: Women's Health, Forest Laboratories Inc., Government Agencies Offices and Entities.

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