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Sagent Pharmaceuticals Launches Cefazolin for Injection, USP

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held specialty pharmaceutical company today announced that it has launched Cefazolin for injection, USP, an essential antibiotic used to treat serious infections. Sagent's Cefazolin for injection will be available in 1g single dose vials and 10g pharmacy bulk package vials. According to IMS data, sales of Cefazolin in the United States in 2006 were approximately $69 million.

The introduction of Cefazolin for injection marks the second product launch in three months from Sagent's pipeline of more than 200 products. The launch of Cefazolin for injection follows Sagent's December 2007 introduction of the first full-line of latex-free, multi-source prefilled, ready-to-use, 6 mg and 12 mg, adenosine syringes in the market. Sagent will begin marketing and shipping Cefazolin immediately.

"The launch of Cefazolin, the first product to emerge from our extensive anti-infective pipeline, marks further progress toward Sagent's ultimate goal of becoming a leader in the injectables marketplace," said Jeffrey M. Yordon, chief executive officer, founder, and chairman of the board of Sagent. "This product provides our customers another sourcing option for this important antibiotic and, as with all Sagent products, offers enhanced labeling intended to optimize product safety and increase efficiency in the hospital."

About Cefazolin

Cefazolin for injection, USP, is the generic equivalent of GlaxoSmithKline's ANCEF(R), an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. Cefazolin for injection, USP, is indicated for serious infections such as those of the respiratory, biliary and urinary tracts, skin and skin structure infections, bone and joint infections, and other infections caused by various strains of streptococci. Prophylactic Cefazolin for injection, USP, preoperative, intraopertative and postoperative administration can be effective in reducing the incidence of certain surgical infections. The most common adverse effects may include mild nausea, diarrhea, oral candidiasis and pain or tenderness at the injection site. Less common adverse effects include vomiting, and rarely, pseudomembranous colitis.

About Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Sagent Pharmaceuticals, founded in 2006, is a privately held specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing, sourcing and marketing pharmaceutical products, with a specific emphasis on injectable products. Sagent has created a unique, global network of resources, comprised of rapid development capabilities, sophisticated manufacturing and innovative drug-delivery technologies, quickly yielding an extensive portfolio of pharmaceutical products that fulfills the evolving needs of patients. Sagent currently has more than 200 products in development.

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