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Mylan subsidiary gets OK for generic Aricept

BY Allison Cerra

PITTSBURGH — Another generic drug maker has been given the green light to market its version of an Alzheimer’s disease treatment.

Mylan said that its subsidiary, Matrix Labs, has received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration to manufacture and market donepezil hydrochloride tablets in 5-mg and 10-mg strengths. The drug, a generic version of Pfizer and Eisai’s Aricept, is used to treat dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Mylan said it will launch the product immediately.

Such generic drug makers as Teva, Sandoz, Actavis and Ranbaxy all recently have received approval to market their version of the drug, which had U.S. sales of about $2.3 billion for the 12-month period ended in March.

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Lannett gets PDUFA date for morphine sulfate oral solution

BY Allison Cerra

PHILADELPHIA — Generic drug maker Lannett said that the Food and Drug Administration has assigned a Prescription Drug User Fee Act action date for one of Lannett’s drugs.

The FDA said it revised its PDUFA goal date of June 23 for Lannett’s new drug application for morphine sulfate oral solution.

"With a revised PDUFA date in 17 days, we are preparing for the relaunch of our morphine sulfate oral solution product, if approved,” Lannett president and CEO Arthur Bedrosian said.

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Dr. Reddy’s gets OK for three drugs

BY Allison Cerra

HYDERABAD, India — Dr. Reddy’s Labs has received regulatory approval from the Food and Drug Administration for generic versions of treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, depression and breast cancer.

The drug maker said that the FDA approved donepezil hydrochloride tablets, a generic version of Pfizer and Eisai’s Arciept, in the 5-mg and 10-mg strengths for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Both strengths will be available in 30-, 90- and 500-count bottles.

Dr. Reddy’s also said that the FDA approved its venlafaxine hydrochloride extended-release capsules in the 37.5-mg, 75-mg and 150-mg strengths. The drug is a generic version of Effexor XR capsules, a depression and anxiety treatment made by Wyeth, which now is owned by Pfizer.

What’s more, the drug maker also said that its letrozole tablets USP in the 2.5-mg strength, a generic version of Novartis’ breast cancer drug Femara, will be available in 30-count bottles.

Dr. Reddy’s said its abbreviated new drug applications for Aricept and Effexor XR were approved in May, while the company’s ANDA for letrozole tablets was approved last week.

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