AVANIR to Present at the BIOCOM Investor Conference

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., October 20, 2009 - AVANIR Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVNR) today announced that the Company will present at the BIOCOM Investor Conference on Monday, October 26th at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time (11:30 a.m. Pacific time) at the Hyatt Regency in La Jolla. The BIOCOM Investor Conference provides the opportunity for participating companies to present to institutional and private equity investors. For more information visit http://www.biocom.org/event/2009_Investor_Conference/.

A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available by visiting AVANIR's website at www.avanir.com. To listen to the live presentation, please go to AVANIR's website prior to the start of the presentation to register, download and install the necessary software. An archive of the presentation at the BIOCOM Investor Conference will be available on the Company's website for 30 days.

About AVANIR

AVANIR Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing, and commercializing novel therapeutic products for the treatment of central nervous system disorders. AVANIR's lead product candidate, Zenvia™, is being developed for the treatment of pseudobulbar affect (PBA) and has successfully completed a Phase III trial for diabetic peripheral neuropathic (DPN) pain. AVANIR has licensed its MIF inhibitor program to Novartis International Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and has sold its anthrax monoclonal antibody program to Emergent BioSolutions. The Company's first commercialized product, Abreva® (docosanol), is marketed in North America by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and is the leading over-the-counter product for the treatment of cold sores. Further information about AVANIR can be found at www.avanir.com and further information about pseudobulbar affect can be found at www.PBAinfo.org.

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AVANIR Investor Contacts
Eric Benevich
Brenna Mullen
949-389-6700
ir@avanir.com

Oct 20, 2009