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HRA Pharma and Watson Pharmaceuticals Expand Marketing Partnership for Novel Emergency Contraceptive to Canada
Date:9/17/2010

to women across North America," said Fred Wilkinson, Executive Vice President, Watson Global Brands.  "We are committed to expanding our women's health product franchise, and expanding our marketing presence globally with products that offer additional options and meet unmet medical needs.  Extending our marketing relationship with HRA into Canada represents continued progress in achieving our vision for Watson as a leader in women's health."

Ulipristal acetate is a novel oral emergency contraceptive designed and developed by HRA Pharma.  It was approved in May 2009 by the European Commission and in August 2010 by the FDA as safe and effective in preventing unintended pregnancy for up to 120 hours – or five days – post- unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure.  Marketed since October 2009 in Europe under the brand name ellaOne®, Watson plans to launch the product in the U.S. market as ella® in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Important Safety InformationThe most common side effects of ella® (ulipristal acetate) tablets include headache (18%), abdominal pain (12%), nausea (12%), dysmenorrhea (9%), fatigue (6%), and dizziness (5%).  ella® is contraindicated in women with a known or suspected pregnancy, and should not replace a regular method of contraception.  Repeated use of ella® within the same menstrual cycle is not recommended.  ella® is not indicated for termination of an existing pregnancy.  Women who become pregnant or complain of lower abdominal pain after taking ella® should be evaluated for ectopic pregnancy.  ella® may alter the next expected menses.  If menses is delayed beyond 1 week, pregnancy should be ruled out.  A rapid return of fertility is likely following treatment with ella®. Therefore, routine contraception should be continued or initiated as soon as possible to ensure ongoing prevention of pregnancy.  ella&#
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