AVANIR To Present at the Cowen and Company 29th Annual Health Care Conference

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 10, 2009 - AVANIR Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AVNR)today announced that Eric Benevich, Vice President, Communications, will present at the Cowen and Company 29th Annual Health Care Conference on Tuesday, March 17 at 3:55 p.m. Eastern time (12:55 p.m. Pacific time). This conference will be held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston. The Cowen and Company Health Care Conference is a major industry event attracting top healthcare investors and provides participating companies with the opportunity to present to institutional investors and industry experts. For more information visit www.cowen.com.

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 audio software. An archive of Mr. Benevich's presentation at the Cowen and Company Health Care Conference will be available on the Company's website for 30 days.

About AVANIR

AVANIR Pharmaceuticals is focused on acquiring, developing, and commercializing novel therapeutic products for the treatment of chronic diseases. AVANIR's products and product candidates address therapeutic markets that include the central nervous system, inflammation, and infectious diseases. AVANIR's lead product candidate, Zenvia™, is being developed for the treatment of pseudobulbar affect (PBA) and 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®, 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 Pharmaceuticals
Investor Contacts:
Eric Benevich
Brenna Mullen
949-389-6700
ir@avanir.com

Mar 10, 2009