FRAZER, Pa., June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cephalon, Inc. (Nasdaq: CEPH) announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a pharmaceutical formulation patent for AMRIX(R) (Cyclobenzaprine Hydrochloride Extended-Release Capsules). U.S. Patent No. 7,387,793 was issued to Eurand Inc., the developer of AMRIX, and expires on February 26, 2025. Last year, Cephalon acquired an exclusive license from Eurand to market AMRIX in North America. The issued claims cover Eurand's proprietary Diffucaps(R) technology used to formulate AMRIX as an extended-release capsule containing the muscle relaxant cyclobenzaprine. The AMRIX formulation allows, for the first time, a full day of cyclobenzaprine in a single dose medication for the treatment of acute painful musculoskeletal conditions.
"The issuance of this patent supports our investment in AMRIX and its innovative technology, which offers the only once-daily treatment option for patients suffering from acute muscle spasms," said Frank Baldino, Jr., Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Physician and patient response to AMRIX has resulted in strong prescription growth in 2008 and we expect that this product will be a key growth driver in our business for many years."
About Cephalon, Inc.
Founded in 1987, Cephalon, Inc. is an international biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative products in four core therapeutic areas: central nervous system, pain, oncology and addiction. A member of the Fortune 1000, Cephalon currently employs approximately 3,000 people in the United States and Europe. U.S. sites include the company's headquarters in Frazer, Pennsylvania, and offices, laboratories or manufacturing facilities in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Salt Lake City, Utah, and suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company's European headquarters are located in Maisons-Alfort, France.
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