Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Receives FDA Approval for Generic Version of GlaxoSmithKline's Valtrex
February 2, 2007
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic form of Valtrex (valacyclovir hydrochloride), GlaxoSmithKline's treatment for genital herpes and shingles, Indian generics maker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. announced Thursday. The approved doses are for 500-mg and 1-gram caplets, the firm said. On Wednesday, Mylan Laboratories received tentative approval of its own 500-mg and 1,000-mg generic versions of Valtrex; however, the company cannot yet market its products due to outstanding patent issues. Patent issues for Mylan will resolve when patents begin to expire June 2009.
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