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Japanese researchers develop new flu vaccine

BY Alaric DeArment

TOKYO Researchers in Japan have developed a flu vaccine that they say could prevent multiple strains of the virus, including when the viruses mutate.

The researchers ­ at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, NOF Corp., Saitama Medical University and Hokkaido University ­ conducted a pre-clinical trial of the vaccine on mice injected with human DNA. 

While flu vaccines normally attack a protein on the outside of flu viruses, this one uses a protein inside the virus that does not mutate as often.

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FDA approves generic version of Depakote

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of Abbott’s Depakote, FDA records show.

The agency approved Dr. Reddy’s Labs divalproex sodium delayed-release capsules in the 125 mg strength. The capsules are used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder and migraine headaches.

The branded version of the drug had sales of $1.5 billion in 2007, according to Abbott financial records.

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FDA approves Mylan’s generic epilepsy drug

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PITTSBURGH The Food and Drug Administration has approved Mylan’s generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s epilepsy drug Lamictal, Mylan announced Wednesday.

The drug, known generically as lamotrigine, is also used to treat bipolar disorder. Mylan will sell the drug in the 25 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg and 200 mg strengths. The FDA also approved Genpharm?s application for a chewable generic version of Lamictal.

The branded version of the drug had sales of about $91 million in the year ending Sept. 30, according to IMS Health. 

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