PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Actavis, Inc. (NYSE: ACT) today confirmed that it has filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) an amendment to its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Rivastigmine Transdermal System to include the 13.3 mg per 24 hours dosage strength. Actavis' ANDA product is a generic version of Novartis' Exelon® Patch, which is a prescription medicine used to treat people with mild to moderate dementia associated with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.
Novartis filed suit against Watson on March 7, 2013 in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware seeking to prevent Actavis from commercializing its 13.3 mg/ 24 hr strength product prior to the expiration of certain U.S. patents. The lawsuit was filed under the provisions of the Hatch-Waxman Act, resulting in a stay of final FDA approval of Watson's 13.3 mg/ 24 hr strength ANDA product for up to 30 months from the date that Novartis received notice of Actavis' ANDA amendment filing or until final resolution of the matter before the court, whichever occurs sooner, subject to any other exclusivities.
Actavis previously filed an ANDA with the FDA seeking approval to market Rivastigmine Transdermal System patch 4.6 mg/24 hr and 9.5 mg/24 hr, and was subsequently sued by Novartis in November 2011. That application is subject to a separate 30-month stay.
Based on available information, Watson believes it may be a "first applicant" to file an ANDA for the generic version of each strength of Exelon® Patch and, should its ANDA be approved, may be entitled to 180 days of generic market exclusivity.
For the twelve months ending January 31, 2013, Exelon® had total U.S. sales of approximately $521 million according to IMS Health data.
Actavis, Inc. (NYSE: ACT) is a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products. The Company has global and U.S. headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA, and international headquarters in Zug, Switzerland.
Actavis is the world's third-largest generics prescription drug manufacturer. Operating as Actavis Pharma, the Company develops, manufactures and markets generic, branded generic, legacy brands and Over-the-Counter (OTC) products in more than 60 countries. The Company is ranked in the top 3 in 12 global markets, the top 5 in 16 global markets, and in the top 10 in 33 global markets. Actavis Pharma also develops and out-licenses generic pharmaceutical products outside the U.S. through its Medis third-party business, the world's largest generic pharmaceutical out-licensing business. Medis has more than 300 customers globally, and offers a broad portfolio of more than 200 products.
Actavis Specialty Brands is the Company's global branded specialty pharmaceutical business, which develops and markets a portfolio of approximately 40 products principally in the United States and Canada that are focused in the Urology and Women's Health therapeutic categories. Actavis Specialty Brands is committed to developing and marketing biosimilars products in Women's Health, Oncology and other therapeutic categories, and currently has a portfolio of 5 biosimilar products in development.
Actavis Global Operations has more than 30 manufacturing and distribution facilities around the world, with a capacity of approximately 44 billion units annually. Actavis Global Operations also includes Anda, Inc., the fourth-largest U.S. generic pharmaceutical product distributor in the United States.
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Statements contained in this press release that refer to non-historical facts are forward-looking statements that reflect Actavis' current perspective of existing information as of the date of this release. It is important to note that Actavis' goals and expectations are not predictions of actual performance. Actual results may differ materially from Actavis' current expectations depending upon a number of factors, risks and uncertainties affecting Actavis' business. These factors include, among others; the difficulty of predicting the timing and outcome of the pending patent litigation; the difficulty of predicting the timing or outcome of product development efforts, including FDA and other regulatory agency approvals and actions, if any; the impact of competitive products and pricing; the timing and success of product launches; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; the availability and pricing of third party sourced products and materials; successful compliance with FDA and other governmental regulations applicable to Actavis and its third party manufacturers' facilities, products and/or businesses; changes in the laws and regulations; and such other risks and uncertainties detailed in Actavis' periodic public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to Actavis' Annual Report on form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. Except as expressly required by law, Actavis disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
Exelon® is a registered trademark of Novartis AG.
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