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Tribute Pharmaceuticals Reports Full Year 2013 Results and Lays the Groundwork for Future Growth

MILTON, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 03/31/14 -- Tribute Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. (OTCQB: TBUFF)(OTCBB: TBUFF)(PINKSHEETS: TBUFF) ("Tribute" or the "Company"), a Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the acquisition, licensing, development and promotion of healthcare products in Canada and the United States, today announced financial results for its fiscal year ending December 31, 2013. In this press release, all dollar amounts are expressed in Canadian currency (unless otherwise noted) and results are reported in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP).

Full Year 2013 Highlights:

--  Revenues increased 8.9% for the year ended December 31, 2013 compared to
    same period in 2012;

--  Gross profit was up 16% for the year ended December 31, 2013 compared to
    the same period in 2012;

--  The Investigational New Drug (IND) application for Bezalip(r) SR, a
    treatment for patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia, was cleared by
    the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA);

--  Cambia(r), the only prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
    available for the acute treatment of migraine was officially launched to
    primary care physicians in Canada;

--  IMS, an audited third party provider of sales data, reported a 36.3%
    increase in total prescriptions written for Cambia in Q4 2013 when
    compared to Q3 2013;

--  SWK Funding LLC and the Company entered into a credit agreement pursuant
    to which SWK Funding LLC advanced US$6,000,000;

--  The regulatory authorities of Hong Kong approved the sale of NeoVisc(r),
    a proprietary product developed by the Company used for the temporary
    replacement of synovial fluid in osteoarthritic joints.

"We continued to execute on our growth strategy in 2013 and set the foundation for continued growth in 2014," said Rob Harris, President and CEO of Tribute. "We made a significant investment in the primary care launch of Cambia early in 2013, including the expansion of our sales force. This expansion will further enable us to increase sales of all our promoted products in Canada, including Bezalip® SR, Soriatane® and NeoVisc®. Additionally, we now have the capacity to introduce new products in Canada utilizing our existing sales force, and our near term business development efforts are focused on this single goal. Overall, our combined objective in 2014 is to increase revenues through organic growth and through business development efforts, as well as to optimize operational performance."

Tribute also successfully filed an Investigational New Drug application with the US FDA for Bezalip® SR in 2013, and subsequently retained JSB-Partners, a global life sciences advisor, to take the lead on partnering discussions to find a U.S. co-development and commercial partner in the US

"Specific to our development efforts, we will continue to move Bezalip® SR forward in 2014 towards an eventual NDA filing in the U.S.," added Mr. Harris. "In parallel to our partnering discussions with Bezalip® SR, we will also look to exploit our proprietary products Uracyst® and NeoVisc® in new international territories. We expect an additional patent to be granted in Europe for Uracyst® this year, and we believe this will present new opportunities for the product and for the Company in this market. With our recent developments in mind, we look forward to the challenge of building on our successes, as we believe our achievements during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 laid the foundation for significant progress during 2014."

Wolfgang Stoiber of JSB Partners stated, "We are excited to be working with Tribute Pharmaceuticals on establishing a potential late stage development and future marketing partnership with another pharmaceutical company for their product Bezalip SR. Over the last 15 years we have helped numerous bio-pharmaceutical companies develop partnerships and joint ventures for their respected products and look forward to the possibility of completing a transaction on Bezalip SR".

Review of Full Year Operating Results

Total net revenues for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2013 increased by 8.9% to $13,440,400 compared to $12,342,800 for the same period in 2012. The increase in sales between the corresponding periods was attributable to an increase in Licensed Domestic Product Net Sales of $275,400 or 3.3%; an increase in Other Domestic Product Sales of $872,000 or 35.0%; and $197,900 of Royalty and Licensing Revenue.

For the twelve month period ended December 31, 2013 gross profit was $5,997,300, higher by 16.0% or $828,400 compared to the prior year. Underlying improvements were due to additional gross profit of $347,800 from Licensed Domestic Product Net Sales, $303,300 from Other Domestic Product Sales and International Product Sales and $197,900 from Royalty and Licensing Revenues.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2013 were $9,830,100 compared to $8,870,600 for the same period in 2012 for an increase of $959,500 or 10.8%. The increase in selling, general and administrative costs is primarily due to significant investment in the expansion of the Company's sales force for the launch of Cambia to primary care physicians in 2013, marketing expenses to grow its existing promoted products in Canada and an increase in regulatory costs related to the filing of the Bezalip SR IND with the FDA in the US.

Net loss for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2013 was $6,572,400, compared to a net loss of $3,349,000 for the same period in 2012. This equates to a loss of ($0.13) per share compared to a loss of ($0.09) per share in 2012.

Excluding non-operating expenses for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2013 of $1,808,500; the net loss from operations was $5,078,700 as compared to the prior year net loss from operations of $4,420,700. The increase in the operational loss between these comparable periods represents higher selling, general and administrative costs and amortization of assets (non-cash) offset in part by increases in product margins.

On August 8, 2013, SWK Funding LLC ("SWK"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SWK Holdings Corporation entered into a credit agreement (the "Credit Agreement") pursuant to which the lenders party thereto provided to Tribute a term loan in the principal amount of US$6,000,000 (the "Loan") which may be increased by an additional US$2,000,000 at the Company's request on or before December 31, 2014. In connection with this loan, Tribute exercised its rights under its loan and security agreement with MidCap to prepay the outstanding balance of the Company's term loan with MidCap. On February 4, 2014, pursuant to the terms of the Credit Agreement, SWK advanced the Company the remaining US$2,000,000 in available funds. All terms under the Credit Agreement apply to the additional loan.

The Company's cash and cash equivalents position amounted to $2,813,500 at December 31, 2013 compared to $2,283,900 at December 31, 2012.

About Tribute Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.

Tribute is an emerging Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the acquisition, licensing, development and management of pharmaceutical and healthcare products with its primary focus on the Canadian and US markets.

Tribute markets Cambia® (diclofenac potassium for oral solution), Bezalip® SR (bezafibrate), Soriatane® (acitretin), NeoVisc® (1.0% sodium hyaluronate solution) Uracyst® (sodium chondroitin sulfate solution 2%), and Collatamp G® (gentamicin-impregnated collagen) in the Canadian market. Additionally, the Company holds an exclusive license for Bezalip® SR in the US and its proprietary products NeoVisc® and Uracyst® are commercially available and are sold globally through various international partnerships.

For further information on Tribute visit the Company's website: http://www.tributepharma.com.

Tribute Pharmaceuticals' Forward-Looking Statement

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements about Tribute as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "anticipate", "estimate", "predict", "plan" or "continue" or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology referring to future events or results. Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are subject to risks and uncertainties, Tribute's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors, including statements regarding our expectations regarding clinical trials, the timing of clinical results, development timelines and regulatory filings and submissions for our product candidates, general economic conditions, the ability of Tribute to successfully integrate operations, and the timing of expenditures and expansion opportunities, any of which could cause actual results to vary materially from current results or anticipated future results. See Tribute's reports filed with the Canadian Securities Regulatory Authorities and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time for cautionary statements identifying important factors with respect to such forward-looking statements, including certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from results referred to in forward-looking statements. Tribute assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this press release to update forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of anticipated events or changes in future operating results, financial condition or business over time.

Bezalip®SR and Soriatane® are registered trademarks and under license from Actavis Group PTC ehf Cambia® is a registered trademark and under license from Depomed, Inc.

Collatamp G® is a registered trademark and under license EUSA Pharma (Europe) Limited.

For further information on Tribute, visit http://www.tributepharma.com.

                   (formerly Stellar Pharmaceuticals Inc.)
                               BALANCE SHEETS

                      (Expressed in Canadian dollars)
                                                     As at            As at
                                              December 31,     December 31,
                                                      2013             2012
                                          ----------------- ----------------
Cash and cash equivalents                   $    2,813,472    $   2,283,868
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of
 $nil (2012 - $nil)                                591,766        1,205,087
Inventories                                      1,044,831        1,000,557
Taxes recoverable                                  651,791          261,400
Loan receivable                                     15,814           15,814
Prepaid expenses and other receivables             165,886          118,910
Current portion of debt issuance costs,
 net                                                91,100          185,403
                                          ----------------- ----------------
  Total current assets                           5,374,660        5,071,039
Property, plant and equipment, net               1,089,919        1,159,375
Intangible assets, net                           9,717,173       10,883,179
Goodwill                                         3,599,077        3,599,077
Debt issuance costs, net                           253,712          115,862
                                          ----------------- ----------------
  Total assets                              $   20,034,541    $  20,828,532
                                          ----------------- ----------------
                                          ----------------- ----------------

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities    $    3,284,756    $   5,455,664
Current portion of long term debt                  204,700        1,305,840
Warrant liability                                2,966,714          202,213
Other current liability                             38,156                -
                                          ----------------- ----------------
  Total current liabilities                      6,494,326        6,963,717
Long term debt                                   5,640,102        1,815,791
Deferred tax liability                                   -          314,900
                                          ----------------- ----------------
  Total liabilities                             12,134,428        9,094,408
                                          ----------------- ----------------
                                          ----------------- ----------------

Contingencies and commitments

Capital Stock
Unlimited - Non-voting convertible
 redeemable and retractable preferred
 shares with no par value
Unlimited - Common shares with no par
  Common shares 51,081,238 (2012 -
   39,610,042)                                  19,947,290       17,589,957
Additional paid-in capital options               2,286,890        1,867,723
Accumulated other comprehensive loss               (38,156)               -
Deficit                                        (14,295,911)      (7,723,556)
                                          ----------------- ----------------
Total shareholders' equity                       7,900,113       11,734,124
                                          ----------------- ----------------
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $   20,034,541    $  20,828,532
                                          ----------------- ----------------
                                          ----------------- ----------------
                  (formerly Stellar Pharmaceuticals Inc.)
                        STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND
                            COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS)
                      (Expressed in Canadian dollars)

                      For the Years Ended December 31,

                                                     2013              2012
                                         ----------------- -----------------
                                         ----------------- -----------------
Licensed domestic product net sales        $    8,598,385    $    8,322,945
Other domestic product sales                    3,366,374         2,494,359
International product sales                     1,277,678         1,525,479
Royalty and licensing revenues                    197,924                 -
                                         ----------------- -----------------
Total revenues                                 13,440,361        12,342,783
                                         ----------------- -----------------
                                         ----------------- -----------------

Cost of sales
Licensor sales and distribution fees            5,844,494         5,916,845
Cost of products sold                           1,541,662         1,220,716
Write down of inventories                          56,935            36,345
                                         ----------------- -----------------
Total cost of sales                             7,443,091         7,173,906
                                         ----------------- -----------------
Gross Profit                                    5,997,270         5,168,877
                                         ----------------- -----------------

Selling, general and administrative             9,830,132         8,870,609
Amortization                                    1,245,846           718,981
                                         ----------------- -----------------
Total operating expenses                       11,075,978         9,589,590
                                         ----------------- -----------------
                                         ----------------- -----------------
(Loss) from operations                         (5,078,708)       (4,420,713)

Non-operating income (expenses)
Change in warrant liability                      (399,217)          247,486
Cost of extending the warrant expiration                -          (135,157)
Change in fair value of contingent
 consideration                                          -            79,724
Research and development                                -           (21,402)
Loss on disposal of intangible asset             (161,200)                -
Loss on extinguishment of loan                   (620,835)                -
Accretion expense                                (103,775)         (140,154)
Interest expense                                 (527,079)         (253,143)
Interest income                                     3,559            13,940
                                         ----------------- -----------------
(Loss) and comprehensive (loss) before
 tax                                           (6,887,255)       (4,629,419)
Current income tax recovery                             -            71,153
Deferred income tax recovery                      314,900         1,209,300
                                         ----------------- -----------------
Net (loss) for the year                        (6,572,355)       (3,348,966)
                                         ----------------- -----------------
                                         ----------------- -----------------

Unrealized loss on derivative instrument,
 net of                                           (38,156)                -
                                         ----------------- -----------------
                                         ----------------- -----------------
Total comprehensive loss                   $   (6,610,511)   $   (3,348,966)
                                         ----------------- -----------------
                                         ----------------- -----------------

Loss Per Share
  - Basic                                  $        (0.13)   $        (0.09)
                                         ----------------- -----------------
                                         ----------------- -----------------
  - Diluted                                $        (0.13)   $        (0.09)
                                         ----------------- -----------------
                                         ----------------- -----------------
Weighted Average Number of Common
Shares Outstanding
  - Basic                                      49,169,414        39,167,419
                                         ----------------- -----------------
                                         ----------------- -----------------
  - Diluted                                    49,169,414        39,167,419
                                         ----------------- -----------------
                                         ----------------- -----------------
                  (formerly Stellar Pharmaceuticals Inc.)
                          STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                      (Expressed in Canadian dollars)

                      For the Years Ended December 31,

                                                     2013              2012
                                       ------------------- -----------------
                                       ------------------- -----------------
Cash flows from (used in) operating
Net (loss)                               $     (6,572,355)   $   (3,348,966)
Items not affecting cash:
 Deferred income tax recovery                    (314,900)       (1,209,300)
 Amortization                                   1,288,509           772,012
 Change in warrant liability                      399,217          (247,486)
 Cost of extending the warrant
  expiration                                            -           135,157
 Change in fair value of contingent
  consideration                                         -           (79,724)
 Stockbased compensation                          419,167           589,893
 Accretion expense                                103,775           140,154
 Loss on disposal of intangible asset             161,200                 -
 Loss of extinguishment of loan                   620,835                 -
 Change in non-cash operating assets
  and liabilities
                                               (1,643,044)        1,690,533
                                       ------------------- -----------------
Cash flows (used in) operating
 activities                                    (5,537,596)       (1,557,727)
                                       ------------------- -----------------

Cash flows (used in) investing
 Additions to property, plant and
  equipment                                       (26,795)          (49,272)
 Payment of contingent liabilities               (460,000)          (40,000)
 Increase in intangible assets                    (33,345)          (42,902)
 Increase in licensing agreements                       -          (750,000)
 Cash cost of acquisitions                              -          (425,000)
                                       ------------------- -----------------
Cash flows (used in) investing
 activities                                      (520,140)       (1,307,174)
                                       ------------------- -----------------

Cash flows from (used in) financing
 Financing costs deferred                        (305,227)         (341,489)
 Long term debt repayment                      (3,386,630)         (217,569)
 Long term debt issued                          6,084,437         3,500,000
 Units issued                                   4,713,787                 -
 Debt extinguishment costs                       (348,420)                -
 Share issuance costs                            (436,966)                -
                                       ------------------- -----------------
Cash flows from financing activities            6,320,981         2,940,942
                                       ------------------- -----------------

Changes in cash and cash equivalents              263,245            76,041
Change in cash due to changes in
 foreign exchange                                 266,359           (20,146)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of
 year                                           2,283,868         2,227,973
                                       ------------------- -----------------

Cash and cash equivalents, end of year   $      2,813,472    $    2,283,868
                                       ------------------- -----------------
                                       ------------------- -----------------

Tribute Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.
Scott Langille
[email protected]

Investor Relations
Nuwa Group LLC
Kevin Fickle
(925) 330-8315
[email protected]

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