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Watson Pharmaceuticals Resumes Shipment of INFeD(R) (Iron Dextran Injection, USP)
Date:7/10/2009

MORRISTOWN, N.J., July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI), a leading specialty pharmaceutical company, announced today that it has resumed shipments to reintroduce its intravenous iron replacement therapy INFeD (iron dextran injection,USP). The product, which had been out of stock due to changes in the final product manufacturing site and issues with raw material supply, is re-entering the market earlier than expected. Watson expects to be in a normal supply situation for INFeD shortly.

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About INFeD(R)

INFeD(R) is an iron dextran injection indicated for the treatment of patients with documented iron deficiency anemia in whom oral administration is unsatisfactory or impossible. INFeD was approved, and has been available for clinical use in the U.S since 1992.

Important Safety Information

The parenteral use of complexes of iron and carbohydrates has resulted in anaphylactic-type reactions. Deaths associated with such administration have been reported. Therefore, INFeD should be used only in those patients in whom the indications have been clearly established and laboratory investigations confirm an iron-deficient state not amenable to oral iron therapy. Because fatal anaphylactic reactions have been reported after administration of iron dextran injection, the drug should be given only when resuscitation techniques and treatment of anaphylactic and anaphylactoid shock are readily available. Test dose is required.

INFeD should be used with caution in individuals with histories of significant allergies and/or asthma, and is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to the
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