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Watson Announces Favorable District Court Ruling in Generic Mucinex® Patent Suit
Date:2/9/2011

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI), a leading specialty pharmaceutical company, announced today that the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida has ruled that Watson's generic versions of Mucinex®, Mucinex® D and Mucinex® DM (Guaifenesin, Dextromethorphan HBr/ Guaifenesin, and Pseudoephedrine/Guaifenesin) Extended-Release products, do not infringe U.S. Patent No. 6,372,252 (the "'252 Patent").

The Company said it is continuing to seek final FDA approval of the products.

In 2009, Reckitt Benckiser sued Watson Laboratories, Inc. for patent infringement related to the generic versions of Mucinex®.  The Mucinex® products had total U.S. sales of approximately $500 million for the twelve months ending December 31, 2010, according to IMS Health and IRI and are indicated to help loosen phlegm (mucus) and thin bronchial secretions to rid the bronchial passageways of bothersome mucus and make coughs more productive.  

About Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company.  The Company is engaged in the development, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of generic pharmaceuticals and specialized branded pharmaceutical products focused on Urology and Women's Health.  Watson has operations in many of the world's established and growing international markets.

For press release and other company information, visit Watson Pharmaceuticals' Web site at http://www.watson.com.

Forward-Looking Statement Statements contained in this press release that refer to non-historical facts are forward-looking statements that reflect Watson's current perspective of existing information as of the date of this release.  It is important to note tha
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