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 News Release - December 16, 2008

Watson Pharmaceuticals Receives FDA Approval for Generic Razadyne(R) ER Capsules

CORONA, Calif., Dec. 16 (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI ), a leading specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced that its subsidiary, Watson Laboratories, Inc., has received approval today from the United States Food and Drug Administration on its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for galantamine hydrobromide extended-release capsules, eq. to 8 mg, 16 mg and 24 mg (galantamine base). Galantamine hydrobromide extended-release capsules are the generic equivalent to Ortho McNeil Janssen's RazadyneŽ ER, galantamine HBr extended-release capsules, which are indicated for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Watson intends to launch the product immediately. RazadyneŽ ER had annual sales of approximately $112 million for the twelve months ending September 2008, according to IMS sales data.

About Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., headquartered in Corona, CA, is a leading specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures, markets, sells and distributes generic and specialty brand pharmaceutical products. Watson pursues a growth strategy combining internal product development, strategic alliances and collaborations and synergistic acquisitions of products and businesses. For press releases and other company information, visit Watson Pharmaceuticals' Web site at http://www.watson.com.

Forward-Looking Statement

Any statements contained in this press release that refer to future events or other non-historical facts are forward-looking statements that reflect Watson's current perspective of existing trends and information as of the date of this release. Except as expressly required by law, Watson disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from Watson's current expectations depending upon a number of factors affecting Watson's business. These factors include, among others, the impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance of and continued demand for Watson's products; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; the difficulty of predicting the timing or outcome of FDA or other regulatory agency approvals or actions, if any; patents and other intellectual property rights held by third parties and the ability to successfully enforce such rights against third parties; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in Watson's periodic public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to Watson's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007.

RazadyneŽ ER is a registered trademark of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Source: Watson Pharmaceuticals

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