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Actavis' NDA for Progestin-Only Patch Accepted for Filing by FDA

PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Actavis, Inc. (NYSE: ACT) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for filing Actavis' New Drug Application (NDA) for a progestin-only transdermal contraceptive patch (Norethindrone Transdermal Delivery System) for use by women to prevent pregnancy. 

The acceptance of the NDA for filing means FDA has determined that the application is sufficiently complete to permit a substantive review.  The acceptance for filing does not provide any assurance that the FDA will ultimately approve the NDA.  Under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), the FDA's goal under standard review is to review and act on the NDA by December 27, 2013.Actavis' progestin-only patch is designed to provide continuous delivery of norethindrone to the systemic circulation during a once-weekly, seven-day dosing regimen.  Once-weekly dosing with the patch may improve compliance and convenience in progestin-only contraceptive users, as well as provide more consistent average plasma norethindrone levels than oral progestin-only products.

The NDA includes data from a 12-month, multicenter, open-label clinical trial conducted in the U.S., in accordance with FDA guidance for a contraceptive study.  Actavis submitted the NDA to the FDA on February 26, 2013.

About ActavisActavis, Inc. (NYSE: ACT) is a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products.  The Company has global and U.S. headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA. 

Operating as Actavis Pharma, the Company develops, manufactures and markets generic, branded generic, legacy brands and Over-the-Counter (OTC) products in more than 60 countries.  Actavis Specialty Brands is the Company's global branded specialty pharmaceutical business focused in the Urology and Women's Health therapeutic categories.  Actavis Specialty Brands also has a portfolio of 5 biosimilar products in development in Women's Health and Oncology.

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Forward-Looking Statement Statements contained in this press release that refer to future events or other non-historical facts are forward-looking statements that reflect Actavis' current perspective of existing trends and information as of the date of this release. Except as expressly required by law, Actavis disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from Actavis' current expectations depending upon a number of factors affecting Actavis' business. These factors include, among others, the difficulty of predicting the timing or outcome of FDA approvals or actions, if any; the impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance of and continued demand for Actavis' products, ; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in Actavis' periodic public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to Actavis' Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 and  Actavis' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.  Except as expressly required by law, Actavis disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.CONTACTS: Investors:Lisa DeFrancesco (862) 261-7152Media:Charlie Mayr(862) 261-8030(Logo: )


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