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Lupin Announces Launch of Generic Levaquin® Tablets
Date:6/22/2011

BALTIMORE, June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (LPI) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted final approval for the Company's Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) to market a generic version of Ortho McNeil's Levaquin® (levofloxacin) tablets.  Commercial shipment of the product has commenced.

Lupin's levofloxacin 250 mg, 500 mg and 750 mg tablets are the AB-rated generic equivalent of Levaquin, a synthetic broad spectrum antibacterial agent used to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria.   Levaquin tablets had annual sales of approximately $1.6 billion for the twelve months ended March 2011, based on IMS Health sales data.

About Lupin

Headquartered in Mumbai, India, Lupin Limited is an innovation led transnational pharmaceutical company producing a wide range of quality, affordable generic and branded formulations and APIs. The Company today has significant market share in Cardiovascular (prils and statins), Diabetology, Asthma, Pediatrics, CNS, GI, Anti-Infectives and NSAIDs in addition holding global leadership positions in the Anti-TB and Cephalosporins space.  

Today, Lupin is the 5th largest and fastest growing Top 5 generics player in the US (by prescriptions), the only Asian company to achieve that distinction.   The company is also the fastest growing top 10 pharmaceutical players in India, Japan and South Africa. (IMS)

For the financial year ended March 2011, Lupin's Consolidated Revenues and Profit after Tax were Rs.57,068 million and Rs. 8,626 million respectively.  Please visit http://www.lupinworld.com for more information about Lupin Ltd.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is the U.S. wholly owned subsidiary of Lupin Limited.  Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is dedicated to delivering high-quality, affordable generic medicines and branded formulations trusted by healthcare professionals and patients across geographies. For more information, visit http://www.lupinpharmaceuticals.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the U. S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

This release contains forward-looking statements that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Many of these risks, uncertainties and other factors include failure of clinical trials, delays in development, registration and product approvals, changes in the competitive environment, increased government control over pricing, fluctuations in the capital and foreign exchange markets and the ability to maintain patent and other intellectual property protection. The information presented in this release represents management's expectations and intentions as of this date. Lupin expressly disavows any obligation to update the information presented in this release

*Levaquin® is a registered trademark of Ortho McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

For More Information:
Contact: Edith St-Hilaire
Director of Marketing
(410) 576-2000


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