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ATS launches Zytopic convenience kit for dermatoses

BY Drew Buono

LOS ANGELES ATS Pharmaceuticals, a division of Auriga Laboratories has launched a Zytopic cream convenience kit, which includes Zytopic cream, Clere, a soap cleanser, and Emolene, a hypoallergenic moisturizer.

Zytopic is used for the relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses, like atopic dermatitis. Over five million prescriptions have been written for triamcinolone, the active ingredient in Zytopic, according to Wolter Kluwers Health Data.

“In addition, U.S. treatment guidelines recommend the use of hypoallergenic emollients and soap-free cleansers as part of atopic dermatitis treatment regimens. The bundling of these three products into a convenience kit may assist patients to better comply with their physician’s directions,” said Philip S. Pesin, chief executive officer of Auriga.

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Haggerty appointed Mylan senior VP and global general counsel

BY Drew Buono

PITTSBURGH, Pa. Mylan has announced that Joseph Haggerty has been appointed as senior vice president and global general counsel.

Haggerty will manage and oversee all legal issues and the provision of legal services, counsel and advice globally to all members of Mylan’s senior management, as global general counsel.

Haggerty joins Mylan from Sanofi-Aventis, where he served as vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary.

“I am thrilled to be joining Mylan at this exciting time in the company’s history,” Haggerty said. “I look forward to joining the already impressive global management team and supporting them and their operations with my counsel as Mylan becomes one of the leading quality generic and specialty pharmaceutical companies in the world.”

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Depomed and King terminate Glumetza agreement

BY Drew Buono

MENLO PARK, Calif. and BRISTOL, Tenn. Depomed and King Pharmaceuticals have terminated their promotional agreement for Glumetza, a drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes.

Under the agreement, King has paid Depomed $30 million in termination and other fees. King will fulfill its promotion obligations through the end of 2007 and Depomed will not pay a promotion fee to King for the quarter ending on Dec. 31.

Carl A. Pelzel, president and chief executive officer of Depomed said that, “Our joint efforts in launching Glumetza have demonstrated the product’s value to patients and its commercial potential. Discussions with potential new marketing partners for Glumetza are already underway. We are confident that we can identify a partner that will assist us in continuing to drive growth in the primary care, endocrinology and other key healthcare markets. In the meantime, a portion of the proceeds from this termination agreement will be earmarked for the continued marketing and promotion of Glumetza.”

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