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Teva gets final approval for generic DuoNeb

BY Drew Buono

JERUSALEM The Food and Drug Administration has granted final approval to Teva Pharmaceuticals for its application for a generic version of Dey’s drug DuoNeb.

DuoNeb is a bronchodilator that increases airflow by dilating the bronchi and bronchioles. The generic, albuterol sulfate and ipratropium bromide inhalation solution will be available in 3 mg (0.083 percent) and 0.5 mg (0.017 percent).

The brand product had annual sales of approximately $265 million in the United States for the twelve months ended Sept. 30, 2007, based on IMS sales data. The company will begin shipping the product immediately.

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Orion, Sun in patent fight over Stalevo

BY Drew Buono

HELSINKI, Finland Orion has extended a patent suit against Sun Pharmaceuticals, which is challenging the company on its Parkinson’s disease treatment drug Stalevo, according to published reports.

Orion is already suing Sun to prevent it from making a generic version of the drug, which is generically called carbidopa/levodopa. Sun has now amended its application to contain Paragraph IV challenges against three of Orion’s patents covering Stalevo.

The challenges mean Sun is either claiming Orion’s patents are invalid or that it would not be infringing on Orion’s patent rights by making a generic version.

Orion, which is evaluating its legal options together with Novartis, the company which exclusively markets Stalevo in the, said the application review process has only just begun and that generic competition is ‘neither certain nor imminent’.

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Forest, Cypress submit application to FDA for fibromyalgia treatment

BY Drew Buono

NEW YORK and SAN DIEGO Forest Laboratories and Cypress Bioscience have recently submitted a drug application to the Food and Drug Administration for milnacipran, a drug for treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome, according to published reports.

The submission includes efficacy data from two Phase III trials involving 2,084 patients, which showed that milnacipran demonstrated improvement compared to a placebo in treating fibromyalgia, the companies said.

Currently, only Pfizer’s Lyrica is approved in the U.S. to treat fibromyalgia, which affects up to 6 million Americans.

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