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Bernstein Liebhard LLP Announces That A Class Action Has Been Filed Against Ventrus Biosciences, Inc.
Date:5/10/2013

NEW YORK, May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bernstein Liebhard LLP today announced that a class action has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of a class (the "Class") of purchasers of Ventrus Biosciences, Inc. ("Ventrus" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: VTUS) securities between December 17, 2010 and June 25, 2012 (the "Class Period").

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Ventrus is a development stage pharmaceutical company which is focused on late-stage prescription drugs for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, specifically hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and fecal incontinence.  Ventrus' lead products are topical treatments for hemorrhoids, which target a specific serotonin receptor.

Plaintiffs allege that, throughout the Class Period, the Company made false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts concerning the Company's lead product iferanserin (VEN 309) ("VEN 309").  The Company described VEN 309 as a new chemical entity for the topical treatment of symptomatic internal hemorrhoids.  The Company stated that in seven clinical studies between 1993 and 2003, VEN 309 demonstrated good tolerability and no severe adverse events while showing statistically significant improvements in bleeding, itchiness, and pain.

Specifically, during the Class Period the Company stated that it was in frequent and ongoing communications with the FDA, that clinical end points for the VEN 309 trial had been agreed to by the FDA, and that the prior results from Phase II trials of VEN 309 demonstrated the product's clinical efficacy. The Company represented its prior Phase I
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