Amneal adds blackberry flavoring to generic diabetes drug

Flavoring designed to cover smell of metformin hydrochloride

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Amneal Pharmaceuticals is adding blackberry flavoring to a generic diabetes drug following feedback from customers, the company said Wednesday.

Amneal announced the changes to its metformin hydrochloride immediate-release tablets in the 500-mg, 850-mg and 1,000-mg strengths, designed to cover up the smell of metformin.

The company said the blackberry-flavored metformin, manufactured at its Brookhaven, N.Y., factory, will begin shipping this month with new national drug code numbers. The drug is a generic version of Glucophage, made by Merck Sante S.A.S., a subsidiary of Germany-based Merck KGaA, a separate and distinct company from U.S.-based Merck that operates under the name EMD Serono in the United States.


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