Healthcare Industry News: Sanofi-aventis
News Release - July 28, 2009
Watson Announces License Agreement With GeneraMedix for Generic Version of Ferrlecit(R)MORRISTOWN, N.J., July 28 (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI ), a leader in generic and specialty branded pharmaceuticals, today announced a license agreement with GeneraMedix, Inc., for the exclusive US marketing rights to a generic version of Ferrlecit (sodium ferric gluconate complex in sucrose injection), a drug indicated for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in hemodialysis patients receiving supplemental epoetin therapy.
GeneraMedix has an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) on file with the FDA for a sodium ferric gluconate complex in sucrose product that is packaged in a vial. The application is under expedited review with the FDA. Under the terms of the agreement, GeneraMedix will supply the product to Watson, which will market, sell and distribute the product in the US. Terms of the license agreement have not been disclosed.
Watson currently markets the brand product, Ferrlecit, under a supply and distribution agreement with Sanofi-aventis. The Ferrlecit product rights return to Sanofi-aventis on December 31, 2009.
About Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global leader in the development and distribution of pharmaceuticals with a broad portfolio of generic products and a specialized portfolio of branded pharmaceuticals focused on Urology, Gynecology and Nephrology (Medical).
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About GeneraMedix, Inc.
GeneraMedix, Inc. is a privately held pharmaceutical company specializing in difficult to develop and/or manufacture injectable products for the U.S. hospital and specialty markets. In addition to its marketed products, GeneraMedix has a significant number of injectable products under development, as well as a number of products currently under FDA review. Headquartered in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, the company was founded in July of 2004, with equity partners GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC, and Ferrer Freeman and Company, LLC. Additional information is available on the company's website at www.generamedix.com.
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