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Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (WPI)'s Generic Avapro® Receives FDA Approval


10/15/2012 10:16:11 AM

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Oct. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI) today announced that its subsidiary Watson Laboratories, Inc. has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Irbesartan Tablets USP, 75 mg, 150 mg and 300 mg, the generic equivalent to Sanofi's Avapro®. Watson intends to begin shipping the product immediately.

Avapro® is indicated for the treatment of hypertension when used alone or in combination with other antihypertensive agents. It is also indicated for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy with an elevated serum creatinine and proteinuria (>300 mg/day) in patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

For the 12 months ending August 31, 2012, Avapro® and its generic equivalents had total U.S. sales of approximately $390 million according to IMS Health data.

About Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is an integrated global specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the development, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of generic pharmaceuticals and specialized branded pharmaceutical products focused on Urology and Women's Health. The Company is also developing biosimilar products in Women's Health and Oncology. Additionally, Watson distributes generic and branded pharmaceuticals through its Anda, Inc. distribution business. 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. These factors include, among others, 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 Watson and its third party manufacturers' facilities, products and/or businesses; changes in the laws and regulations, including Medicare and Medicaid, affecting among other things, pricing and reimbursement of pharmaceutical products; and such other risks and uncertainties detailed in Watson's periodic public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to Watson's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and Watson's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. Except as expressly required by law, Watson disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Avapro® is a registered trademark of Sanofi S.A.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100121/LA41294LOGO )

CONTACTS:

Investors:



Lisa DeFrancesco



(862) 261-7152



Media:
Charlie Mayr



(862) 261-8030


SOURCE Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.



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