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Watson's Generic Version of Lotrel ® Receives FDA Approval

Fri, 10/15/2010 - 8:35am
Bio-Medicine.Org

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI), today announced that its subsidiary, Watson Laboratories, Inc., has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration on its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Amlodipine Besylate/Benazepril 5/20mg, 10/20mg, 2.5/10mg, and 5/10mg capsules, the generic equivalent to Novartis' Lotrel® capsules. The ANDA was acquired as part of Watson's acquisition of the Arrow Group. Watson intends to begin shipping the product immediately.  

Lotrel ® capsules and its generic equivalents had total U.S. sales of approximately $1.05 Billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2010, according to IMS Health.  Amlodipine Besylate/Benazepril capsules are indicated to prevent and treat high blood pressure.

About Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company.  The Company is engaged in the development and distribution of generic pharmaceuticals and specialized branded pharmaceutical products focused on Urology and Women's Health.  Watson has operations in many of the world's established and growing international markets.

For press release and other company information, visit Watson Pharmaceuticals' Web site at http://www.watson.com.

Forward-Looking Statement Statements contained in this press release that refer to non-historical facts are forward-looking statements that reflect Watson's current perspective of existing information as of the date of this release.  It is important to note that Watson's goals and expectations are not predictions of actual performance. Actual results may differ materially from Watson's current expectations depending upon a number of factors, risks and uncertainties affecting Watson's business

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