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Watson Pharma Gets FDA Approval for Generic Version of Contraceptive Yaz–A Drug That Has Suffered Recalls & Other Issues

Posted Nov 30 2011 12:18am

Back in the middle of 2010 we had the somewhat hidden recall from the FDA of YAZ as they were out of spec. 

Hopefully this won’t happen again with the generic version, but this indicates to me this is one to keep an eye on. 

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Nov. 29, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI) today announced that its subsidiary, Watson Laboratories, Inc., has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration for its Abbreviated New Drug Application for Vestura(TM) (3 mg drospirenone and 0.02 mg ethinyl estradiol), a generic version of Bayer's Yaz(R) oral contraceptive product.  Watson is currently involved in patent litigation with Bayer concerning this product. 

Yaz(R) had total U.S. sales of $173 million for the twelve months ending September 30, 2011, according to IMS Health. Watson's Vestura(TM) is indicated for the prevention of pregnancy and for the treatment of moderate acne in women at least 14 years old only if the patient desires an oral contraceptive for birth control.

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