Overall, Valeant's base business continued to deliver strong growth while the acquisitions started to contribute nicely to the operations. Particularly positive were the Emerging Market contributions that include our consolidated operations in Europe, which still delivered 10% organic growth in a tough government reimbursement environment, Latin America, which grew 19% organically over the prior year, and our new South East Asia/South Africa operation, which increased 9% over the prior year.
Valeant's U.S Dermatology operations performed well despite integrating three separate businesses into one, with several products contributing to the growth, most notably Zovirax, Atralin, Acanya and CeraVe.
The Canadian and Australian segment also delivered strong growth this quarter. This primarily reflects a favorable comparison to the prior year, but was also aided by the launch of two new products into the Canadian market - Sublinox and Lodalis. These launches, coupled with a number of smaller product introductions, will be important drivers to offset the generic erosion in Cesamet sales that the Company expects to occur in 2012.
Finally, the U.S. Neurology and Other portfolio continued to decline overall as expected, with Wellbutrin XL continuing its decline, and both Cardizem CD and Ultram ER losing patent protection after the fourth quarter of 2011. Revenues from the remaining core U.S. Neurology and Other products were $135.9 million, up 6% compared to the first quarter of 2011.
Included in total revenue for the first quarter of 2012 was $66.3 million of alliance and royalty revenue related to the divestiture of 1% clindamycin and 5% benzoyl peroxide gel (IDP-111), a generic version of Benzaclin, and 5% fluorouracil cream, (5-FU), an authorized generic of Efudex, as part of a consent order from the Federal Trad
|SOURCE Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.|
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