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A.P. Pharma Announces Stock Option Grant

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 16, 2008--A.P. Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:APPA), a specialty pharmaceuticals company, today announced it has made an option grant for 30,000 shares at an exercise price of $1.37 (the closing price as of the date of the grant) to a new employee, as an inducement to the individual entering into employment with the company, under the 2000 Non-Qualified Stock Option Plan. The options have a 10 year life and vest over a four year period.

About A.P. Pharma

A.P. Pharma is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of ethical (prescription) pharmaceuticals utilizing its proprietary polymer-based drug delivery systems. The Company's primary focus is the development and commercialization of its bioerodible injectable and implantable systems under the trade name Biochronomer(TM). Initial target areas of application for the Company's drug delivery technology include anti-nausea, pain management, anti-inflammation and DNA/RNAI applications. For further information visit the Company's web site at www.appharma.com.

CONTACT: Company Contact:
A.P. Pharma, Inc.
Gregory Turnbull
President and Chief Executive Officer
650-366-2626
or
Investor Relations Contacts:
Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates
Don Markley, 310-691-7100
dmarkley@lhai.com

SOURCE: A.P. Pharma, Inc.