Actavis to distribute Irinotecan Hydrochloride Injection in the US

actavis.jpgGeneric pharmaceuticals group Actavis extends its US portfolio with first injectable product.

Actavis Group, the international generic pharmaceuticals company, has received approval for Irinotecan Hydrochloride Injection from the US Food & Drug Administration. Distribution of the product will commence immediately.

Irinotecan Hydrochloride Injection, the generic equivalent to Pfizer’s Camptosar®, will be available in 40 mg/2 mL and 100 mg/ 5 mL vials and is used in the treatment of patients with metastatic carcinoma of the colon or rectum.

Annual sales of Irinotecan Hydrochloride Injection in the United States were approximately US$556 million for the 12 months ending December 2007 according to IMS Health data.

Doug Boothe, Executive Vice President of US Commercial & Administration, said:
“The launch of Irinotecan marks the expansion of Actavis’ US portfolio into the injectable pharmaceuticals arena. Actavis has set its sights firmly on the hospital sector and currently has around 300 pending applications worldwide for injectable medicines. Furthermore, Actavis’ ambitious pipeline comprises more than 60 new projects, developed both internally and through established relationships with other developers.”

Actavis already markets over 50 hospital products worldwide, with a focus on oncology products and a growing range of anti-infectives, local anaesthetics and analgesics.

Actavis Group
Hjördis Arnadottir
Director, External Communications
Tel: (+354) 535 2300 / (+354) 840 7476

Actavis US
David Myers, Jr.
Manager, Products & Communications
Tel: (973)993-4503

About Actavis Group
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