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Forest Laboratories, Inc. and Cypress Bioscience, Inc. Announce Commercial Availability of Savella(TM)
Date:4/20/2009

NEW YORK and SAN DIEGO, April 20, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: FRX) and Cypress Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq: CYPB) announced today that Savella(TM) (milnacipran HCl), a selective serotonin and norepinephrine dual reuptake inhibitor approved for the management of fibromyalgia, will be shipped to wholesalers on April 24th and will be available at pharmacies beginning on April 28th. After Savella was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 14, 2009, the companies submitted a minor post-approval cosmetic formulation change to the FDA which now has been approved.

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About Savella

Savella was approved by the FDA on January 14, 2009 for the management of fibromyalgia, a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain and decreased physical function that afflicts as many as six million people in the United States. Savella is a dual-reuptake inhibitor that, in-vitro, preferentially blocks the reuptake of norepinephrine with higher potency than serotonin, two neurotransmitters thought to a play a central role in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Savella will be marketed by Forest and its licensor, Cypress Bioscience. Pierre Fabre, who originally developed and sells milnacipran outside the U.S., licensed the rights for North America to Cypress Bioscience.

Important Safety Information

Savella is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), similar to some drugs used for
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