12 generic versions of Femara in market, FDA reports

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a dozen new generic versions of a drug used to treat breast cancer, the agency said Monday.

The FDA said that on Friday it approved versions of Novartis’ drug Femara (letrozole) made by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Dr. Reddy’s Labs, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Impax Labs, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Roxane Labs, Accord Healthcare, Synthon Pharmaceuticals, Natco Pharma, Indicus Pharma, Fresenius Kabi Oncology and Kudco Ireland.

The agency originally approved Mylan’s version of the drug in December 2008, but Mylan didn’t launch until April 21 of this year.

Femara had sales of $682 million in 2010, according to IMS Health.

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