Amneal Announces FDA Approval and Launch of Generic Welchol® (Colesevelam HCl) Tablets, 625 mg
Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: AMRX), a specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced it has received final U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval on its Abbreviated New Drug Application for a generic version of Welchol® (colesevelam HCI) tablets, 625 mg. Amneal has immediately initiated commercialization activities for this first-to-market opportunity.
"We are pleased to be one of the first companies to receive approval and launch a generic version of Welchol," said Rob Stewart, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amneal. "The immediate launch of this product further enhances our generic portfolio and our commitment to provide patients with a more affordable treatment option."
Welchol had annual U.S. sales of approximately $526 million according to IQVIA™ for the 12 months ending February 2018.
Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: AMRX), headquartered in Bridgewater, NJ, is an integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products. The Company has approximately 6,500 employees in its operations in North America, Asia, and Europe, working together to bring high-quality medicines to patients primarily within the United States.
Amneal is one of the largest and fastest growing generic pharmaceutical manufacturers in the United States, with an expanding portfolio of generic products to include complex dosage forms in a broad range of therapeutic areas. The Company markets a portfolio of branded pharmaceutical products through its Impax Specialty Pharma division focused principally on central nervous system disorders and parasitic infections. For more information, visit www.amneal.com.
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