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Sagent Pharmaceuticals Launches Ciprofloxacin Injection, USP, 5% Dextrose Premix Bag

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held specialty pharmaceutical company today announced that it has launched ciprofloxacin injection, USP, 5% dextrose premix bag, a synthetic broad spectrum antimicrobial agent for intravenous (I.V.) administration used to treat bacterial infections. Sagent's ciprofloxacin injection will be available immediately in 200mg and 400mg premix bags. According to IMS data, sales of injectable ciprofloxacin in the United States in 2006 were approximately $60 million.

"We are poised to be one of the first companies to make the I.V. form of this important antibiotic widely available to patients in the U.S.," said Jeffrey M. Yordon, chief executive officer, founder, and chairman of the board of Sagent. "The launch of our ciprofloxacin -- in ready-to-use, customer friendly, barcoded I.V. bags -- simultaneous with the expiry of the innovator's patent exclusivity further demonstrates Sagent's capabilities and expertise in injectable pharmaceutical products and our seasoned management team's commitment to the needs of patients and customers."

Ciprofloxacin is the third product introduced from Sagent's pipeline of more than 200 products since the launch of the company's first product, adenosine injection, USP, in December 2007. Earlier this month, the company launched another antibiotic, cefazolin for injection, USP, which is available in 1g single dose vials and 10g pharmacy bulk package vials.

About Ciprofloxacin

Ciprofloxacin injection, USP, is a synthetic broad spectrum antimicrobial agent for intravenous administration used to treat a variety of infections and is the generic equivalent of Bayer Pharmaceuticals' CIPRO(R) I.V. Ciprofloxacin belongs to the fluoroquinolone family of drugs. Ciprofloxacin injection, USP, is indicated for infections of the urinary tract, skin and skin structure, bones and joints, as well as nosocomial pneumonia, acute sinusitis, chronic bacterial prostatitits, lower respiratory infections and complicated intra-abdominal infections. In addition, ciprofloxacin can be effective in reducing the incidence or progression of inhalational anthrax following exposure to the bacteria. The most common adverse effects may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness or drowsiness, blurred vision, insomnia, joint stiffness or muscle pain or photosensitivity. Less common adverse effects include seizure, psychological episodes, jaundice, diarrhea, numbness or tingling, or chest pain or palpitations. Rarely, ciprofloxacin can cause joint damage, including tendon rupture.

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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