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Watson Confirms Filing of FDA Application for Generic Lidoderm(R)
Date:1/19/2010

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI), a leading specialty pharmaceutical company, today confirmed that its subsidiary, Watson Laboratories, Inc., has filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval to market its lidocaine topical patch 5% prior to the expiration of U.S. Patent No. 5,827,529.  Watson's lidocaine topical patch 5% is a generic version of Endo's Lidoderm®.

On January 15, 2010, pursuant to the Hatch-Waxman Act, Watson notified Endo's partners Teikoku Seiyaku Co., Ltd. and Teikoku Pharma USA that its ANDA requesting approval from the FDA for a generic version of Lidoderm® contained a paragraph IV certification asserting that the Lidoderm® patent is invalid, unenforceable and/or not infringed.  Lidoderm® is indicated for relief of pain associated with post-herpetic neuralgia.  

About Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company.  The Company is engaged in the development, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of generic pharmaceuticals and specialized branded pharmaceutical products focused on Urology and Women's Health.  Watson has operations in many of the world's established and growing international markets.

For press release and other company information, visit Watson Pharmaceuticals' Web site at http://www.watson.com.


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