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FDA approves anxiety disorder generic

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MORRISTOWN, N.J. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic anxiety drug made by Actavis, the generic drug maker announced Wednesday.

Actavis received approval for alprazolam orally disintegrating tablets in the 0.25-mg, 0.5-mg, 1-mg and 2-mg strengths. The tablets are used to manage anxiety disorder and provide short-term relief for symptoms of anxiety.

The tablets are a generic version of Niravam, made by Schwarz Pharma, owned by UCB. Niravam and generic equivalents had sales of $12.4 million in 2009, accordimg to IMS Health.

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