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Actavis Receives Approval of Zolpidem Tartrate Extended-Release Tablets, USP 6.25mg CIV in the U.S. with 180-Day Marketing Exclusivity
Date:10/18/2010

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Actavis Group, the international generic pharmaceuticals company, today announced that it has received approval from the US Food & Drug Administration to market Zolpidem Tartrate Extended-Release Tablets, USP 6.25mg CIV.  Distribution of the product has commenced.

As the first company to file an ANDA that contained a paragraph IV certification for Ambien® CR 6.25mg, Actavis has been awarded 180-day exclusivity to market this product.

Zolpidem Tartrate Extended-Release Tablets 6.25mg, the generic equivalent of Ambien® CR 6.25mg by Sanofi-Aventis, had US sales of approximately $129 million for the 12 months ending June 30, 2010, according to IMS Health.

Commenting on the new approval, Doug Boothe, CEO of Actavis in the US, said:

"The approval of Zolpidem ER Tablets 6.25mg offers a significant value to our customers and patients.  This approval, along with the first-to-file exclusivity, also underscores Actavis' emphasis and commitment to bringing complex controlled-release products to the marketplace."

Please see prescribing information at www.actavis.us/Zolpidem.

About Actavis Inc.

Actavis Inc. is the US subsidiary of Actavis Group hf. Approximately one third of Actavis' sales are generated in North America, Actavis' single largest market.  Based in Morristown, NJ, Actavis has US manufacturing facilities in Elizabeth, NJ and Lincolnton, NC.  Actavis also has research and development facilities in Owings Mills, MD and Sunrise, FL.

About Actavis Group

Actavis is one of the world's leading generic pharmaceutical companies specializing in the development, manufacture and sale of generic pharmaceuticals.  The company has operations in 40 countries, with more than 10,500 employees.

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