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Ranbaxy First to Gain Approval to Manufacture and Market Clarithromycin for Oral Suspension, USP

Ranbaxy One of Few Companies to Offer Both Suspension and Tablet Forms

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (RPI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited (RLL), announced today that RLL has received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) to manufacture and market Clarithromycin for Oral Suspension, USP, 125 mg/5 mL and 250 mg/5 mL. Ranbaxy is the first company to have been granted a generic approval for the Oral Suspension form along with Clarithromycin Tablets. Total annual market sales for Clarithromycin were $99.7 million with suspension sales totaling $25.3 million (IMS - MAT: June 2007).

"We are pleased to receive this FDA approval for Clarithromycin for Oral Suspension, an anti-infective agent that will add depth and breadth to our product line of anti-infectives that also includes Clarithromycin tablets. RPI will be in a position to offer both dosage forms for this molecule that will distinguish Ranbaxy in the market place. This approval further expands our product portfolio of affordable generic alternatives and will be shipped immediately to all classes of trade," according to Jim Meehan, Vice President of Sales and Distribution for RPI.

The Office of Generic Drugs, U.S. FDA, determined the Ranbaxy formulation to be bioequivalent and to have the same therapeutic effect as that of the reference listed drug Biaxin(R) Granules (Clarithromycin for Oral Suspension, USP), 125 mg/5 mL and 250 mg/5 mL of Abbott Laboratories.

Clarithromycin for oral suspension, USP, is indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate infections caused by susceptible strains of the designated microorganisms in a number of conditions including: Pharyngitis/Tonsillitis, Community-Acquired Pneumonia, uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections and disseminated mycobacterial infections.

Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (RPI) based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited (RLL), India's largest pharmaceutical company. RPI is engaged in the sale and distribution of generic and branded prescription products in the U.S. healthcare system.

Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, India's largest pharmaceutical company, is an integrated, research based, international pharmaceutical company producing a wide range of quality, affordable generic medicines, trusted by healthcare professionals and patients across geographies.

Ranbaxy's continued focus on R&D has resulted in several approvals in developed markets and significant progress in New Drug Discovery Research. The Company's foray into Novel Drug Delivery Systems has led to proprietary "platform technologies", resulting in a number of products under development. The Company is serving its customers in over 125 countries and has an expanding international portfolio of affiliates, joint ventures and alliances, ground operations in 49 countries and manufacturing operations in 11 countries.


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*Biaxin(R) Granules (Clarithromycin for Oral Suspension, USP) is a registered trademark of Abbott Laboratories

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