The Perrigo Company (NASDAQ: PRGO)(TASE: PRGO) today announced that its Perrigo Israel Pharmaceuticals subsidiary has been granted tentative approval from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Clobetasol Propionate Topical Foam, 0.05%. The reference listed drug (Olux® Foam, 0.05%, Connetics Corporation) is subject to a period of patent protection. Perrigo filed its ANDA with a paragraph IV patent certification stating that the patent is invalid, unenforceable, or will not be infringed under this ANDA.
Final approval will not be granted until the expiration of the 30-month period provided under the Hatch-Waxman Act, unless, before that time, the patent expires or is judged to be invalid or not infringed. On October 19, 2005, Connetics filed suit in the U. S. District Court of New Jersey to prevent Perrigo from proceeding with the commercialization of its product. Litigation is currently ongoing.
If successful in the legal action, and upon final approval, Perrigo expects to be granted 180 days of generic marketing exclusivity. Sales for the brand were approximately $78 million, according to Wolters Kluwer data for the twelve months ending July 2006.
The Perrigo Company is a leading global healthcare supplier and the world's largest manufacturer of over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical and nutritional products for the store brand market. Store brand products are sold by food, drug, mass merchandise, dollar store and club store retailers under their own labels. The Company also develops, manufactures and markets prescription generic drugs, active pharmaceutical ingredients and consumer products, and operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, Israel, United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany and China. Visit Perrigo on the Internet (http://www.perrigo.com/ ).
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