Elite's generic Adipex-P enters market

NORTHVALE, N.J. — Elite Pharmaceuticals has begun shipping an appetite suppressant for reducing weight in obese patients, the company said Thursday.

The drug maker announced the initial shipment of phentermine hydrochloride tablets in the 37.5-mg strength. The drug is a generic version of Teva’s Adipex-P.

Adipex-P and generic versions had sales of about $40 million in 2010, according to IMS Health.

The shipment was made under a collaborative agreement with precision dose and its subsidiary, TAGI Pharma.

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