Generic Product News

Pharmacy TimesMay 2012 Skin & Eye Health
Volume 78
Issue 5

Hot Generic

Escitalopram Oxalate Oral Solution

Marketed by: Amneal Phamaceuticals, LLS (Bridgewater, NJ)

Compared to: Lexapro (Forest Laboratories)

Indication: Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC, announced the launch of Escitalopram Oxalate Oral Solution in a 5-mg/5-mL strength for the treatment of major depressive disorder in adults and adolescents 12 to 17 years and for the acute treatment of generalized anxiety disorder in adults. It is the first generic of Lexapro in liquid form on the market. The product is available in peppermint flavor in an 8-fl-oz (240-mL) bottle that does not require refrigeration.

Dosage Form: Oral solution: each 5 mL contains 5 mg of escitalopram

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Quetiapine Fumarate Tablets

Marketed by: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (Bridgewater, NJ)

Compared to: Seroquel (AstraZeneca)

Indication: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories announced the launch of Quetiapine Fumarate Tablets. Quetiapine Fumarate Tablets is an atypical antipsychotic medication indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia; the acute treatment of manic episodes associated with bipolar 1 disorder, both as monotherapy or as an adjunct to lithium or divalproex; the acute treatment of depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder; and the maintenance treatment of bipolar 1 disorder as an adjunct to lithium or divalproex.

Dosage Form: Tablets: 25, 50, 100, 200, 300, and 400 mg.

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Modafinil tablets

Marketed by: Teva Pharmaceuticals (North Wales, PA)

Compared to: Provigil (Cephalon Inc) Indication: Teva Pharmaceuticals recently announced the launch of the authorized generic of Cephalon Inc’s Provigil. Modafinil is indicated to improve wakefulness in adult patients with excessive sleepiness associated with narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and shift work disorder. In OSA, modafinil is indicated as an adjunct to standard treatment for the underlying obstruction. For patients with narcolepsy and OSA, Modafinil Tablets should be taken as a single dose in the morning. For patients with shift work disorder, Modafinil Tablets should be taken approximately 1 hour before the start of their shift.

Dosage Form: Capsules: 100 and 200 mg

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Vancomycin Hydrochloride Capsules, USP

Marketed by: Watson Laboratories, Inc (Parsippany, NJ)

Compared to: Vancocin HCl Capsules (ViroPharma Inc)

Indication: The FDA approved Vancomycin Hydrochloride Capsules, USP, for the treatment of Clostridium difficile—associated diarrhea (CDAD) and enterocolitis caused by Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin- resistant strains. For CDAD, the recommended dosage for adults 18 years and older is 125 mg orally 4 times daily for 10 days. For the treatment of Staphylococcal entercolitis, the recommended dosage for adults 18 years and older is 500 mg to 2 g orally in 3 or 4 divided doses for 7 to 10 days. See packaging information for dosing information for patients younger than 18 years.

Dosage Form: Capsules: 125 and 250 mg

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