NBTY Announces the Dismissal of a Class Action Suit Against the Company

BOHEMIA, N.Y., Oct 4, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- NBTY, Inc. (Nasdaq: NBTY) (http://www.NBTY.com), a leading manufacturer and marketer of nutritional supplements, today announced that a stockholder class action suit which was pending against the Company and certain of its officers and directors was dismissed by the federal judge of The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York as "totally without basis." The suit alleged that NBTY and certain of its officers and directors failed to disclose material facts regarding the Company's performance. The plaintiffs have thirty days to amend their complaint. Previously, a class action suit filed in Florida against the Company that was predicated upon this stockholder class action was withdrawn.


NBTY is a leading vertically integrated U.S. manufacturer and distributor of a broad line of high-quality, value-priced nutritional supplements in the United States and throughout the world. The Company markets more than 1,500 products under several brands, including Nature's Bounty(R), Vitamin World(R), Puritan's Pride(R), Holland & Barrett(R), Nutrition Headquarters(R), American Health(R), Nutrition Warehouse(R) and Dynamic Essentials(R).

This release may relate to certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to our financial condition, results of operations and business. All of these forward-looking statements, which can be identified by the use of terminology such as "subject to," "believe," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "can," or "anticipates," or the negative thereof, or variations thereon, or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy which, although believed to be reasonable, are inherently uncertain. Factors that may affect such forward-looking statements include (i) slow or negative growth in the nutritional supplement industry; (ii) disruptions of business or negative impact on sales and earnings due to acts of war, terrorism, bio-terrorism, or civil unrest; (iii) adverse publicity regarding the consumption of nutritional supplements; (iv) inability to retain customers of companies (or mailing lists) recently acquired; (v) increased competition; (vi) increased costs; (vii) loss or retirement of key members of management; (viii) increases in the cost of borrowings and unavailability of additional debt or equity capital; (ix) unavailability of, or inability to consummate, advantageous acquisitions in the future or the inability of the Company to integrate acquisitions into the mainstream of its business; (x) changes in general worldwide economic and political conditions in the markets in which the Company may compete from time to time; (xi) the inability of the Company to gain and/or hold market share of its wholesale and retail customers; (xii) unavailability of electricity in certain geographical areas; (xiii) exposure to, expense of defending and resolving, product liability claims and other litigation; (xiv) the ability of the Company to successfully implement its business strategy; (xv) the inability of the Company to manage its retail operations efficiently; (xvi) consumer acceptance of the Company's products; (xvii) uncertainty in negotiating and consummating acquisitions which may be subject to bankruptcy court approval; (xviii) the inability of the Company to renew leases on its retail locations; (xix) inability of the Company's retail stores to attain profitability; (xx) the absence of clinical trials for many of the Company's products; (xxi) sales and earnings volatility; (xxii) the Company's ability to manufacture its products efficiently; (xxiii) the rapidly changing nature of the Internet and on-line commerce; (xxiv) fluctuations in foreign currencies, and more particularly the British Pound; (xxv) import-export controls on sales to foreign countries; (xxvi) the inability of the Company to secure favorable new sites for, and delays in opening, new retail locations; (xxvii) introduction of new federal, state or foreign legislation or regulation or adverse determinations by regulators, and more particularly the Food Supplements Directive and the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive in Europe; (xxviii) the mix of the Company's products and the profit margins thereon; (xxix) the availability and pricing of raw materials; (xxx) risk factors discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission; and (xxxi) other factors beyond the Company's control.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to republish or revise forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrences of unanticipated events.

The Company cannot guarantee future results, events, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The Company does not assume a duty to update or revise any of the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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