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Par ships migraine drug

BY Alaric DeArment

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Par Pharmaceutical Cos. has started shipping two formulations of a generic drug for treating migraines, the company said.

Par announced the shipment of rizatriptan benzoate tablets and rizatriptan benzoate orally disintegrating tablets in the 5-mg and 10-mg strengths. The drug is used to treat acute migraine with or without aura in patients ages 6 years and older.

The drug has sales of about $653 million per year, according to IMS Health.


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Teva announces inhaler with dose counter for bronchospasm

BY Alaric DeArment

NORTH WALES, Pa. — An inhaler for patients with bronchospasm that includes a dose counter has become available from Teva Respiratory, the company said Thursday.

The company, which is the branded respiratory division of Israeli drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, announced the available of ProAir HFA (i.e., albuterol sulfate), for patients aged 4 and older to prevent and treat bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm. The inhaler received Food and Drug Administration approval in March 2012.

"As the market leader in quick-relief inhalers, we are pleased to offer patients the latest in product enhancements designed to help better manage their condition," Teva Global Respiratory Research and Development SVP Tushar Shah said. "This milestone in the ProAir brand shows our continued efforts to deliver the best treatment solutions that meet patients’ or their caregivers’ needs."


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FDA approves Watson heavy menstrual bleeding drug

BY Alaric DeArment

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug for heavy menstrual bleeding made by Watson Pharmaceuticals, the drug maker said Thursday.

Watson announced the approval of tranexamic acid tablets through a subsidiary and plans to ship it immediately. The drug is a generic version of Ferring Pharmaceuticals’ Lysteda.

Ferring has filed suit against Watson, alleging that the generic drug infringes two of its patents. Lysteda had sales of about $25 million during the 12-month period that ended in November, according to IMS Health.


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