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FDA approves Sun’s generic Exelon

BY Drew Buono

MUMBAI, India The Food and Drug Administration has granted final approval for Sun Pharmaceutical’s application to market a generic version of Novartis’s Exelon.

The drug, rivastgmine tartrate, is used to treat mild to moderate dementia associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

The generic will be available in all four strengths and the company will share a 180-day exclusivity for the drug which had annual sales of about $200 million.

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Mylan, GSK enter agreement over generic Paxil

BY Drew Buono

PITTSBURGH, Pa. Mylan Inc. and its subsidiary Mylan Pharmaceuticals have entered into an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline in relation to Paroxetine Hydrochloride Extended-release tablets, the generic version of Paxil CR.

Under the agreement, Mylan is given the right to market all three strengths of the drug: 12.5 mg, 25 mg and 37.5 mg, beginning no later than Oct. 1, 2008. Mylan received eligibility for a 180-day marketing exclusivity for the 12.5 mg and 25 mg on June 29th.

The generic had U.S. sales of about $342 million for the 12 months ending June 30, 2007 for all three strengths.

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Rite Aid announces that wildfire victims can pick up their prescriptions at any location

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid announced Monday that any of its customers impacted by the Southern California wildfires can continue to fill or pick up their prescriptions at any open Rite Aid, even if their neighborhood store has been evacuated.

This includes prescriptions that have been filled at a closed store but not yet picked up, the company stated.

There are currently 17 active fires in Southern California, according to the state government. There is currently a mandatory evacuation order in place for Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch and Del Mar/Solana Beach.

President George Bush on Tuesday declared that a federal state of emergency exists in the California and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts in the area struck by wildfires beginning on Oct. 21, and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

 “I thank President Bush for granting my request to declare a federal state of emergency in California,” stated Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Tuesday morning. The people of California need all the help they can get at this tragic time and this action will allow our citizens to get the assistance they need.”

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