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Pepcid Complete generic debuts

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Perrigo expects to ship its OTC Famotidine Complete chewable tablets in the third quarter of 2008 following FDA final approval of its abbreviated new drug application, the Allegan, Mich.-based firm says Feb. 12. The product (famotidine 10 mg, calcium carbonate 800 mg, magnesium hydroxide 165 mg) is comparable to Johnson & Johnson/Merck's Pepcid Complete acid reducer/antacid medicine and will be marketed under store brand labels, Perrigo notes. It expects marketing exclusivity as the first company to file a complete ANDA with a Paragraph IV certification, but has not indicated what the duration will be. "This final approval reflects our continuing investment in new products," CEO Joseph C. Papa says in a release. The launch follows a federal court ruling in 2007 that invalidated a key patent for Pepcid Complete (1"The Tan Sheet" June 11, 2007, p. 5)...

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