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Actavis Launches Glipizide ER Tablets in the U.S.


Nov 06, 2006

Glipizide ER tablets are used to treat type 2 diabetes in patients, particularly in people whose diabetes cannot be controlled through diet alone. Glipizide ER tablets are the authorized generic product of Pfizer’s Glucotrol XL® tablets. The product is acquired by Actavis from Andrx Pharma as part of a Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) divestiture requirement. Actavis’ product is AB rated to Glucotrol XL® tablets.

Glipizide ER tablets are available in 2.5mg, 5mg, and 10mg strengths. Total annual sales of Glipizide ER tablets from all suppliers in the U.S. were approximately US$195 million for the twelve months ending June 2006 according to IMS Health.

About Actavis
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Actavis is one of the world’s leading generic pharmaceutical companies specializing in the development, manufacture and sale of generic pharmaceuticals. Based in Iceland, the company has operations in over 30 countries, with over 10,000 employees. The company’s market capitalisation is approximately EUR2.9bn (US$3.5 billion) and it’s listed in the Iceland Stock Exchange. Actavis expects 2006 sales to total EUR1.4bn, with approximately one-third of these sales coming from the United States, the company’s single largest market. In the US alone, the company expects to launch 15 new generic products in 2006, in addition to filing 30 ANDAs. The company’s US operations are located in New Jersey, Maryland and North Carolina.

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