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FDA approves Allergan’s glaucoma drug

BY Drew Buono

IRVINE, Calif. Allergan has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for Combigan 0.2 percent/ 0.5 percent.

The drug is used for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension who require adjunctive or replacement therapy due to inadequately controlled intraocular pressure.

“There is no cure for glaucoma; however, lowering elevated IOP can slow the progression of the disease and help prevent further vision loss,” said E. Randy Craven, director of Glaucoma Consultants of Colorado and associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “Many patients require more than one medication to meet their target IOP. With Combigan, it is exciting to be able to offer patients two strong agents in one bottle.”

Glaucoma affects an estimated 65 million worldwide, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. The drug will launch during the fourth quarter of 2007.

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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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